The capital | Six tips for a better back to school


It’s so easy to move on from the hustle and bustle of school to vacation, but not the other way around.

2022-08-30

Teacher. Atziri Arroyo Ruiz / Basic Professor of the Faculty of Psychology of the UAG

GUADALAJARA, Jal.- The return to a routine that we thought had been forgotten, but which is now a reality, is that the children return to class. It’s very easy to move on from the hustle and bustle of school time to holidays, but not the other way around, and this process can be quite complicated for parents, students and teachers.

Here I share how the brain works in this situation and some recommendations that can be followed to make the dreaded “back to routine” more bearable.

• Little by little: It is normal not to want the holidays to end; however, we must bear in mind that the effort we all put into educating an individual will one day pay off, however, waiting for the long term reward can be tiring for all parties.

From the brain’s perspective, the reality is that our limbic system isn’t fascinated by such long waits, so something that might work is learning to appreciate short-term accomplishments.

• Enjoy: Clearly, it would be more bearable and even motivating for students to enjoy small big accomplishments, such as completing a term or partial assessment, and although accomplishment is not savored in the same way as completing a course, enjoying these experiences makes us lose some dopamine which helps our brain to stay interested, happy and motivated. Also, in something simple to do, going for an ice cream at the end of the exam week can make that difference.

• Act fast: Another thing that influences the adaptation process is the speed at which we make the change. If we stay awake until the last Sunday evening before school, going back to routine will tire us out, so the idea is to do it gradually. It might be boring to go to bed early a week before school starts, so instead of reducing the hours to bedtime, we can do it in 15 minute intervals, for example, if I I go to bed at noon and then I have to do this at 10 a.m., I start at 11:45 a.m., then 11:30 a.m. and so on.

• Stay calm: in the same way, we must keep in mind that the brain likes certainty, because this makes it confident, so a recommendation for teachers is to start with simple things that they think all or most most students they dominate Starting with simple activities and content and then gradually increasing the difficulty will help students better engage with the work. Including elements that are familiar to them also works.

• Go with your friends: Having close friends and living with them helps to increase our secretion of oxytocin in the brain, in other words, having close friends reduces the experience of stress, so it is recommended to strengthen the coexistence and relationships social activities at school, it can even make us more productive without losing sight of the role of discipline.

• Eat well: Finally, there are foods that help the brain perform better at school and it would be relevant to have them present in the lunch box in the right measure. Some of them are red fruits, olive oil, cashew nuts, almonds, grapes, carbohydrates in the form of bread or tortillas and animal proteins in the form of eggs, milk , fish and even some meat like ham or beef.

The idea is to use these recommendations to have a more bearable and productive back to school for everyone, a little help does not hurt.

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