In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, red colour is used visually to represent the Focus Dimension
FOCUS DIMENSION – RED
In Educational Kinesiology, to notice means to pay attention to one’s state of mind, body and emotions. It also means to be aware of the big and small changes that affect a learner’s confidence, effectiveness and ease of use of skills and abilities.
To notice something, we need to use the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is where the ability to self-reflect comes from. The ability to notice is like a muscle that grows with exercise. And since we integrate our brain and body experiences by moving, sensing, feeling and thinking, there are three dimensions to Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, which are represented by three colours: Yellow, Blue and Red. These represent the dimensions of Laterality, Centring and Focus, respectively. It is important to be aware that while noticing is done at prefrontal cortex, the brain only performs optimally when all three dimensions of learning are integrated well.
In this article, we will look at the Focus Dimension.
𝗔 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗜𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲
A child with imbalance in the Focus Dimension might show signs of physical tension or comprehension inability, as illustrated in the following true case:
A child is having an online Zoom class, but he is laying his head on the table.
Mother: Sit up nicely and pay attention.
The child sits up for a while but then soon slouches down onto the table again.
Mother: How many times do I have to remind you to sit up?
Why do you think the child behaves this way? Is he disobeying his mother on purpose or does he not have the resources in his body to sit upright for long or does he simply not understand his mother’s instructions?
Through strengthening the Focus Dimension, we can help the child improve his comprehension and ability to pay attention.
𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 – 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
The Focus dimension is the foundation of attentional intelligence. It stems from our most basic early instinct for forward motion as well as the survival reflex to prevent that motion. When the Focus dimension is well developed, it allows us to comprehend things. That is, to ascribe meaning to stimuli, to draw from sensory patterns in memory, to perceive our place in space, to dream up new possibilities and to engage innovative cognitive patterns to take us there.
When the Focus dimension is in gear, the powers of comprehension create meaning by incorporating both the receptive back and the expressive front of the brain. This enables the learner to concentrate attention yet see the overall picture simultaneously.
𝗟𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
To grow in the Focus dimension, Lengthening Activities that are designed to synchronise the front and back of the brain and body are used. These help to develop attention and comprehension, to re-educate the body with proper posture and to improve the skills of expressing oneself in speaking, writing and language.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝘀𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
In the dimension of Focus, questions that help us become aware of where we are physically are helpful to gain comprehension: Where am I in space? What am I seeing? What am I hearing? What am I experiencing through touch? Is this new or is it familiar? Do I want to participate or withdraw? Am I moving or still? Where are the moving or still areas? Where are the contracted or relaxed areas? Am I able to turn my head left, right and back to centre? Can I swing my arms or legs with ease? Am I able to sit or stand comfortably? Can I readily move my eyes and look in different directions at varying distances?
In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, we explore these three dimensions of intelligence in relation to the holistic brain-body system. All three of these dimensions must work together in order for the whole brain-body complex to comprehend, organise and communicate well.
To review, the three colours, dimensions and their functions are:
• Yellow/Laterality/Communication – the left-right dimension of the brain hemispheres
• Blue/Centring/Organisation – the top- bottom dimension of the Midbrain
• Red/Focus/Comprehension – the back-front dimension of the Back Brain
To get a comprehensive view of the three colours and dimensions in Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, be sure to read the other two articles in this series.
Learn more about the practical application of the 3 Dimensions – and additional Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™ modalities like these. Join the upcoming first-ever virtual Breakthroughs International Conference (BTiC Malaysia 2021) from 29 July – 1 Aug 2021. For more info, visit https://ti.to/b2/btic2021 (and save $30 USD off your ticket using promo code: COV19).
Relevant presentations to attend includes:
Susanti Kho – https://btic2021.online/the-relationship-of-teaching…/
Koh Li Li – https://btic2021.online/from-schools-reject-to-leader…/
Sue Walker – https://btic2021.online/the-relationship-between…/
Keynote Topic – Phoebe Long – https://btic2021.online/a-brake-to-break-the-vicious…/
Case scenario taken from MBGA Newsletter #5 credit Phoebe Long. BTiC Malaysia 2021 is hosted by Malaysia Brain Gym Association, https://braingym.my/
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