Nathan Wallis is Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience educator. He is a father of three and a foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. He is the host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls” and has been captivating audiences over 250 times a year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia, & China.
He makes the latest neuroscience discoveries easy to understand and explains their practical implications for everyday practice.
In this interview we discuss how the structure of the brain and the way that children’s brains develop means that their emotional development can help or hinder children’s learning and thinking processes. Nathan explains how developing the ‘social-emotional’ brain and dispositions as much as possible when children are young is hugely beneficial for children before they start more formal education.
During the pandemic, creative and novel solutions have been developed for all types of things and Nathan discusses why this creativity and problem-solving are critical skills for humans to master as young children.
We end by discussing Jung’s work and the ‘left brain/right brain’ concepts and how that means that adults who play – with no purpose, no outcome – for 15 minutes a day release all the right neuro chemicals for happiness.
We also consider how to use research (or not!) when discussing a play-based approach to the Early Years curriculum and how sometimes the evidence speaks for itself.
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