An emotion lasts 90 seconds

An emotion lasts 90 seconds

  In her book A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor says that an emotion lasts only 90 seconds. She contends that if it lasts longer than that, we have added some personal story to it and chosen to let that brain circuit...
A little temptation

A little temptation

If I had learned about instant and delayed gratification as an 8 year old, I may have made a few different choices as I grew up. This concept was taught in our Life Lab Lesson through a modified version of the marshmallow experiment. We wanted to teach students about...
How are the adults doing?

How are the adults doing?

We asked students if they think their parents had a good balance between responsibilities and having fun? Quite unanimously, the shaking of the heads and “No way” being called out gave us the answer. There were ah-ha moments when students realised that making a choice...
“Mediting” does the job

“Mediting” does the job

As part of our return to classroom learning, we held conversations with our Life Lab students to reflect upon online learning; Here are a few ingredients worth keeping in the learning pot from our Year 1 and 2 students on their experience of distance learning. Whilst...
Sol-You-tion

Sol-You-tion

Am I part of the solution? The children reflected this week about various types of life situations and whether they feel they should get involved to solve them or not. There were no correct answers, only an understanding of what motivated them. If the neighbour’s...
Sweetly Suited Learner

Sweetly Suited Learner

Our first online Life Lab sessions have been a rich experience. We connected with students in their kitchens, their lounges, at their dinner tables. We met their cats, helping grown-ups and some teddies. Some were costumed, some wrapped in blankets, some bare foot and...