NO. OF CREDITS:
5 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]
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Humans have an incredible capacity for happiness but many hold tight to negative thinking. This limits growth, an ability to find passion or motivation, and quite simply, an inability to see the opportunity in tomorrow. It’s important to understand the science behind your evolutionary bias for hanging on to negative experiences. Did you know, there is a specific part of your brain, the amygdala, that is responsible for how you respond to situations and experiences?? Neuroscience has shown our ability to concentrate on happy thoughts depends the amygdala response. The goal of this course is to teach you how to train your mind to cultivate happiness and recognize when the brain is lying to you. Hardwiring Happiness introduces a powerful four step process, H E A L, that uses the hidden power of everyday choices to teach you how to create new neural structures that eventually lead to new habits. HEAL is also appropriate for all classroom and brings an exciting new element to social learning. It’s exciting to know that your brain never stops growing and having the opportunity to retrain your brain with accessible and easy steps to bring about increased contentment and peace is a beautiful outcome. Hardwiring Happiness is a course that could change the course of how you live your life and deepen your understanding of what it means to live in happiness. Please join me today.
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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
Hanson, Dr. Rick, PhD. 2013. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. Harmony Books.
None. All reading is online.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: Taking a Look at Your Journey
In a 500+ word response, introduce yourself with a background profile and introduction. Include the challenges you have experienced that led you to register for this course. Explain what you hope to achieve once you’ve completed the coursework.
Assignment #2: Working with Your Brain
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapters. 1-2. Be prepared to discuss neural connections, negativity and how that thinking becomes hardwired into our brains.
View the following videos to deepen your understanding of how the brain works:
Assignment #3: Learning About the Green & Red Brain
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapter 3. Begin to add to your toolbox in learning how creating positive energy makes you less dependent on external factors.
View the videos:
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts. Include the learning from the videos and the reading.
Assignment #4: H-E-A-L Yourself: How to Create a Happiness Brain
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapters 4 and 5. Do the two practice exercises to build background on how to train your brain.
View the following video:
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts. Include the learning from the video and the reading,
Assignment #5: Brain Building Through Taking in the Good
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapters 6 and 7. Do the practice exercises to help you move from idea to experience.
View the following video:
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video:
Assignment #6: Learn to Link Positive Memories & Thoughts
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapter 8. Discuss how to overwrite the negative in your brain.
Watch the following video:
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video and reading:
Assignment #7: Deeper Understanding While Thinking about the Thinking
Read in your text, Hardwiring Happiness, chapter 9. Practicing the four HEAL steps in your personal and professional life provides the opportunity to train your brain.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/insights from forum:
Assignment #8: Benefits of Gratitude
Here’s what you need to do to start a gratitude journal that actually works:
View the following video:
Keep a record of your gratitude in a journal for two weeks. As a part of HEAL, you must learn to embrace and hang on to positive experiences. This is your chance to focus and create positive energy in your own life.
b) Allow some time to embrace each of the five items you write. Record your feelings, changes, and how you are moving to a more responsive brain.
c) Feel free to use pictures, stickers, scrapbooking, lists, writing, or any other therapeutic techniques.
In a 750+ word response detail how the journal has helped you understand, and embrace HEAL. Share your reaction to reflecting and enjoying those moments in gratefulness each day. How has it changed your thinking? Have you found that you were focused less and less on negative thoughts? Will you continue this process?
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #9: Creating a Lesson Plan
Create a lesson or activity that addresses H E A L with students. Your lesson should contain information on the brain, and techniques students can use to move their brains more towards the positive. Also create a graphic or poster that can be used to enhance your lesson and used in the classroom. Poster must be at least 11 X 17 or larger, focused on training our negative brain. It should be in color, have pictures and color, and presentation quality. An explanation of the poster must accompany this assignment.
Additional Resources for Create a Lesson Plan if needed
Hardwiring Happiness pages 159-162
Videos to increase your knowledge
James Baraz and Michele Lilyana, Awakening Joy for Kida
Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk.
Assignment #10: Jewels for Changing Your Life
Use your text, Hardwiring Happiness, Chapter 10 guide, put into practice 21 Jewels for Changing Your Life.
in a 750+ word response, summarize your experience. Focus on the learning, what assisted you in the process of HEAL, and what changes that have begun to be part of your responsive versus reactive brain.
***You have two choices for your response. One is to email a response to instructor each day. This response would be about the jewel you have chosen and your response to the attempt. The other response is to do the 14 days and respond at the end.
Assignment #11: Option Assignment
Complete one (1) of the following assignments:
Design your own assignment (action plan) with instructor’s prior approval. Examples include doing a podcast, blogging about your process of hardwiring happiness. Choose something interactive that allows you to review and refresh your own learning.
Create a PowerPoint presentation for your staff based on this course and focused on of helping your school meet the needs of kids who are experiencing adversity. Save it as a PDF. The presentation MUST include graphics, pictures, color, correct font size, and be presentation ready. Check for errors before you submit. It must be at least 20 slides, have a bibliography, and include several interactive slides to assist your colleagues.
Make sure your slides are:
Assignment #12: (500 Level ONLY) Continuing the Learning
Complete one (1) of the following assignments:
Research and read at least three different articlesand watch at least two video links pertaining to changing negative thinking in children/teens and in 500+ words summarize your conclusions, comparing them to what you’ve learned so far from Dr. Rick Hanson’s work. How
Using 123HelpMe or other online sources, search for and read at least three (3) papers or research on Hardwiring Happiness or negative brains. Based on this reading, your own life experience and what you learned from viewing and text reading, write a 5-7 minutes speech on the benefits of HEAL, gratitude, and how you can create happiness and positive brains directed to students, parents or your colleagues. http://www.123helpme.com/search.asp?text=overcoming+adversity
Note: 123Helpme has a fee of $2 for two days use.
Using the videos in the bibliography and your own internet searches, choose 5 videos that would be appropriate for the classroom. Plan to use each of the videos to create workshops. The design must include one artistic activity, journaling, or interactive assignments. Please track the workshop, the responses of the kids, and how you were able to change thinking.
Go to Dr. Hanson's site for a wealth of videos. Using others from You Tube/Vimeo/Ted Talks also acceptable.
Based on what you’ve learned, discuss with staff in special education in what ways the learnings from this course might prove effective for children with special needs and where the limitations might be. You could also use this meeting for a discussion on the fragile learners or kids who are struggling within the system. Meet with at least two other educators. Share your learning in a 30 minute discussion. Then refer specifically to kids with special needs. Summarize these discussions in 500+ words indicating any special actions that were agreed upon. Be share to share the handout or summary of the plans for the discussion, then you can summarize the events surrounding the follow-up discussion.
Research and present in graphic form as well as 500+ words the biology and chemistry of brain activity, focusing specially on changes observed as we go from a negative to a positive brain environment.
Design your own assignment and get instructor approval for your idea.
Be creative and let the inspiration of this course provide an outreach or a personal project for you.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #13: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Brenda McKinney, CEO of Vancouver, WA based BrainVolution, is a developer and dynamic facilitator of workshops that teach practical thinking and learning tools for raising student achievement with the brain in mind. She has trained educators throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a popular presenter because of her ability to motivate, make things fun, and teach practical techniques for the classroom that can be used immediately. Brenda continues to read hundreds of books and articles on the subject of neuroscience and searches for the answer to success for every student. Her work with at-risk students and those with reading problems have made her a popular speaker at the state, regional and national level.
Brenda is able to synthesize the new research and continues to address the role of how to use the latest findings to create high achievement classroom. She brings 30+ years of experience at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level as a mentor teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, university instructor, and reading specialist. Brenda has her Master’s in Education from Washington State University and is nationally certified in Brain Based Learning through the renowned Jensen Corporation, led by Eric Jensen, a noted international spokesperson for neuroscience and education.
Brenda will inspire and motivate you with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her wisdom, techniques, and brain based approach to education will inspire you and challenge you to meet the demands of this ever changing world.
HARDWIRING HAPPINESS: Overcoming Negative Thinking
Amen, Daniel. 2018. Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain’s Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma. Tyndale House. ISBN: 9781496438812.
In Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime.
Benoist, J. F. 2018. Addicted to the Monkey Mind: Change the Programming that Sabotages Your Life.
ISBN-13: 978-0692978597. A toolbox of strategies. The book shares the journeys of two relatable characters to teach you how to develop a powerful new mindset and finally break the pattern of negative self-talk. This is something we all need. The idea of a monkey brain is one we can relate to and learning through examples is helpful.
Hanson, Rick. 2016. Buddha’s Brain. The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom. Rainforest Books. ISBN: 9781572246959. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
Hanson, Rick. 2016. Hardwiring Happiness. The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. Harmony Books. ISBN: 9780385347310 Text for the course. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Learning to see through the lies your brain tells you will change your life. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain to make contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. Hardwiring Happiness takes practice. This book is just what you need to support you on this journey. It will help you transform your brain into a refuge and power center of calm and happiness.
Korb, Alex and Daniel Siegel. 2015. The Upward Spiral. Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. New Harbinger Publications. Daniel Siegel is always a favorite of mine. The focus in on small daily actions to rewire your brain. This book reinforces what you are learning and there is a workbook to accompany the text. You may just want to purchase the workbook. Helpful and the format is great.
Merzenich, Michael. 2013. Soft Wired. How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. 2nd edition. Parnassus Publishing. ISBN: 9789432823. In Soft-Wired, Dr. Michael Merzenich–a world authority on brain plasticity–explains how the brain rewires itself across the lifespan, and how you can take control of that process to improve your life. Soft-Wired offers sound advice for evaluating your brain and gives clear, specific, scientifically proven guidance for how to rejuvenate, remodel, and reshape your brain to improve it at any age.” This book is a delight.
Reilly, Pete. 2016. The Garden of Hearts. Meditations, Consolations, and Blessings for Teachers. Irimi Horizons Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9861354-1-5. An inspirational book for teachers and about teachers. It provides a chance to look at teaching from another perspective. HEAL asks you to focus on hold on to
the positive. This book certainly assists with this process and will provide numerous blessings. I enjoyed this book intended for teachers.
Seigel, Daniel J. and Tina Payne Bryson. 2015. The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets, and Activities for Developing Minds. PESI Publishing.ISBN 978-1-9361287-4-7
One thing we all need help with is ideas about how to bring our new learning to the students. This one is intended for younger children. I excited about the ideas that can be used for parents or teachers.
Amen, Dr. Daniel. 2015. 3 Quick Steps to Stopping Negative Thinking Now. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=FOCUSING+ON+NEGATIVE+THOUGHTS+DR.+AMEN&&view=detail&mid=3D6059999835703671A13D6059999835703671A1&&FORM=VRDGAR
Eartheart, Christine. 2018. Unleash Your Joy Potential.
Rick, Hanson, 2015. The Mystery of Happiness. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=heal+Dr.+Rick+Hanson&&view=detail&mid=8D6C079D9F35B480C8548D6C079D9F35B480C854&&FORM=VRDGAR
Hanson, Rick. 2019. Three Ways to Work with the Mind. https://youtu.be/6RCbt9H1vik
Leaf, Caroline. Ted Talk. 2015. Science of Thought. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Automatic+Negative+Thoughts+healing+the+brain%2c+t3ed+talks&&view=detail&mid=E35ECDE8DBE61318C6E6E35ECDE8DBE61318C6E6&&FORM=VRDGAR
Nelson, Dr. Lani. 2014. Staying Stuck or Moving Forward. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+train+your+brain+to+stay+positive+ted+talks&&view=detail&mid=76BDA7E84E0A97D4B3AA76BDA7E84E0A97D4B3AA&&FORM=VRDGAR
Powell, Ted. 2015. When Your Mind Works Against You. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+train+your+brain+to+stay+positive+ted+talks&&view=detail&mid=BF566C0B49AC8A746AFDBF566C0B49AC8A746AFD&&FORM=VRDGAR
Sood, Amir. 2015. Happy Brain: How to Overcome our Neural Predispositions for Suffering. https://youtu.be/53q3AzfTGNg