Coming Soon! A mobile app to help teachers practice and teach emotional regulation and improve learning outcomes through the neurosequential model (Perry 2006).

Brain Friendly Sequence Step One

Transitioning into a learning mindset doesn’t take long. Playing music in the first five minutes of class sets up students for success. Encourage them to leave the outside world behind and concentrate on being present in this moment. Focus on core breathing. Take an accounting of any tension in the body. Release that tension through gentle movement or stretching. Some days slow music works, but other days fun, upbeat music may be better. Self-regulation strategies like this one should be a regular class pattern, not a surprising change. The first few times may seem unfamiliar but the pattern of consistent grounding music and or movement will become reassuring.

Create an oasis in your classroom. This opening activity can also provide time for one-on-one teacher check-ins, homework submission/review, or students can use this time to review the posted agenda.

Grounding Music Playlist

Five minutes or less…slow

  1. Fly by Ludovico Euinadi
  2. Elegy for the Arctic by Euinadi

Five minutes or less…fast

  1. Drum Meditation
  2. Just Fine by Mary J. Blige

A longer playlist… 

Piano with nature sounds

Rainforest sounds with waterfall video

Ocean sounds with waves on pebble beach

Brain Friendly Sequence Step Two

Follow up this individual transition/grounding time with a peer-to-peer activity time.

  • Review/discussing homework problems
  • Discussion of a prompt or problem solving scenario
  • Planning for a project
  • Brainstorming new ideas
  • Following up on a team project
  • Collaborative small group work time

KEY INSIGHT. This pattern should be consistent in the class. Individual reflection, grounding, movement and music in Step One, should be followed by peer-to-peer interaction, ideally, in pair share or small groups should be Step Two.