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BE COOL

For Neuropsychologists:

The BE COOL (Brain Education Child Onsite Oriented Learning) curriculum was developed by the Education Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (2007).  The objective of BE COOL is to provide neuropsychologists a brief program that is easy to teach and fun to present to young students.  NAN also views the BE COOL program as a means for neuropsychologists to promote their practices and promote the work of NAN. 

The curriculum encompasses the gross anatomy of the brain and how various parts of the brain support specific cognitive functions.  Students will also learn about neuropsychologists and other doctors who work with the brain, as well as how to keep their brains healthy.

Materials for grades 1-3 include an electronic slide presentation and lesson plan.  Materials for grades 4-6 are similar in content, and also include flashcards that can be left for the classroom.  The lesson plan includes slide-by-slide scripted text that expands upon the slides in an age-appropriate manner.  There are approximately 15 activities embedded throughout the presentation in addition to numerous suggestions for questions to engage students and increase participation.  Selected activities include demonstration of motor functions, visual illusions, how to construct a brain model from clay, and why helmets are important (eggs are involved here!).  The curriculum includes references and allows for the individual neuropsychologist to expand or augment the presentation as their interests dictate. 

These materials are now available to NAN members, and if you are interested in presenting BE COOL in your community, please complete the Presentation Request Form and submit to the NAN main office.

For Classroom Educators:

The BE COOL (Brain Education Child Onsite Oriented Learning) curriculum was developed by the Education Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (2007).  The objective of BE COOL is to teach elementary school students in a fun, interactive manner about the brain and how different parts of the brain contribute to specific aspects of behavior, thinking, and emotion.  Students will also learn what neuropsychologists and other doctors who work with the brain do to help people.  Neuropsychologists most often use ‘paper and pencil’ tests to determine a person’s strengths and weaknesses in order to make recommendations about recovery from brain injury or how a disease is affecting the brain.  Neuropsychologists can also help students (and parents!) understand how a child learns best.  Finally, the BE COOL program teaches students about keeping their brains healthy.

There are two sets of materials (grades 1-3 and grades 4-6) which include an electronic slide presentation and approximately 15 activities embedded throughout the presentation that are age-appropriate and engaging for students.  Selected activities include demonstration of motor functions, visual illusions, how to construct a brain model from clay, and why helmets are important (eggs are involved here!).  The materials for grades 4-6 also include flashcards that can be left for the classroom.  The total presentation is approximately one hour in duration. 

If you would like a neuropsychologist to visit your class and present BE COOL to your students, please contact NAN Main Office, 7555 East Hampden Avenue, Suite 525, Denver, CO 80231, Phone: 303.691.3694, Fax: 303.691.5983, e-mail: office@nanonline.org.