“Seize the Day” … an important message at the start of every school year

20150828_143700During our two theme days, year 2 students learned about the balance between feeling well and doing well. In a series of activities entitled “Seize the Day/Fånga Livet“, students danced, meditated, played games, attended lectures, participated in workshops and reflected over their own situation.

20150827_103737The series began with a lecture by Lotta Björklind. Lotta is a professor at Stockholm University who shared a psychodynamic view of health.

Following the lecture, students gathered in smaller groups for reflection and then watched the documentary series: Hjärnans födelse och död to better understand how the brain functions during the teenage years.

En 20-årings kropp har nått sin fulla längd. Lever och njurar är fullt utvecklade. Men det finns ett organ som inte mognar förrän långt senare - hjärnan. Den sena utvecklingen av prefrontalloben kan förklara varför ungdomar ofta är mer lynniga, impulsiva och omdömeslösa än vuxna. Vi träffar bland andra Peter Birko som blev rullstolsbunden efter ett ödesdigert kvällsdopp. Dessutom får vi ta del av ny forskning som förklarar vad som händer innanför skallbenet när vi blir kära och varför våra stenåldershjärnor är så dåligt anpassade till många arbetsplatser.

En 20-årings kropp har nått sin fulla längd. Lever och njurar är fullt utvecklade. Men det finns ett organ som inte mognar förrän långt senare – hjärnan. Den sena utvecklingen av prefrontalloben kan förklara varför ungdomar ofta är mer lynniga, impulsiva och omdömeslösa än vuxna.

On the second day, students participated in a workshop about how to recognize and react 20150828_085523when someone around you uses manipulation and suppression techniques/ Härskartekniker. And, how to speak and present your ideas in a way that does not offend anyone.

In the afternoon, students were allowed to choose an activity from different creative stations – grass games, mindfulness with art, hip-hop dancing, juggling and more.

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The evaluations showed that some students were very happy and wish to continue learningfl2 more about these topics. Others are interested in the topics, but wish to learn in new ways.  As always, we got very helpful feedback from our students.

Having fl1different experiences and learning in new ways show students that there exist a variety of ways to find your own personal “balance“.

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The idea of “balance” is something we will be working on all year with these students …

About kristylundstrom

I currently work as Head at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Djursholm. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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