March 3, 2006
Two hundred and twenty area high school students and their teachers will converge on the campus of Morningside College on Monday, March 6, for the third annual Talented and Gifted (TAG) Exchange Day, when they will explore “Brain-Based Learning.” The event is sponsored by Sioux City’s North High School (NHS), Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD), and Morningside College.
Students registered to attend include ninth and tenth-grade TAG students from SCCSD, Dakota Valley School District, and South Sioux City Community Schools. Each student will receive a stress ball in the shape of a human brain.
The day will include such presentations as: “Brain 101,” “Brain Food & Exercise,” “Killing the ‘Ants’ in Your Brain,” and “Yoga for the Brain.” Area professionals and teachers will lead the sessions, and eleventh and twelfth-grade TAG students will assist in the presentations.
The day will begin with a “brain-based” brunch, featuring muffins, bagels, and fruit, at Morningside’s Olsen Student Center. NHS Student Council President John Burrows will give the welcome address at 9:30 a.m. in Klinger-Neal Theatre. Sessions I and II, held at various locations on campus, will begin at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. After a lasagna-buffet lunch at the student center, Session III will begin at 1 p.m. Finally, participants will gather back at Klinger-Neal at 2 p.m., when Burrows will give closing remarks.
The coordinators of TAG Exchange Day are Nancy Mounts, director of the Regional Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College, and NHS TAG teachers Allyson Trometer and Tunisia Billings.
Here is a detailed schedule, including session leaders, for the day:
9-9:30 a.m. Registration and “brain-based” breakfast.
Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue.
9:30-9:50 a.m. Welcome - John Burrows, NHS Student Council President.
Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
10-10:50 a.m. Session One
“Brain 101” – leader TBA.
Basic information on how the brain works and looks.
Lincoln Center UPS Auditorium, 3627 Peters Avenue.
“Brain in the Media” – Gary Bodiford, NHS science teacher.
A survey of different media and the connections to brain research.
Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue.
“SPECTS” – Dr. Thomas Benzoni, Mercy Medical Center emergency physician and Mercy Air Care medical director
Designed to display the active centers in the brain; learning to read brain images.
Olsen Student Center, Randolph Room.
11-11:50 a.m. Session Two
“Brain Food and Exercise” – Linda B. Kalin, managing director, Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, Sioux City.
Basic nutrition and exercise the brain needs to function.
Lincoln Center UPS Room.
“The Struggling Brain” – Jennifer Burrows, L.I.S.W., Dean and Associates, Sioux City.
How to know when the brain is not working correctly.
“Killing the ‘Ants’ in the Brain” – Jen Dahle, NHS language arts teacher.
How to get rid of the “bad” days.
Olsen Student Center Randolph Room.
12-12:45 p.m. Lunch
Olsen Student Center
1-1:50 p.m. Session Three
“Yoga for the Brain” – Katy Blake, North Middle School physical education teacher.
Basic Yoga moves to de-stress the brain.
Olsen Student Center Randolph Room and Lounge.
“Your Dancing Brain” – Tracy Bennett, dance program coordinator, Morningside College.
Dance moves that will “rock” the brain.
Hindman-Hobbs Center, 3501 Peters.
2-2:20 p.m. Closing Remarks – John Burrows,