Boris tries to focus ... really hard. Dave, Boris, and Professor LoCascio discuss the brain and its inability to multitask. You can only focus on one thing at once. At the beginning of the episode Dave struggles to focus on anything other than his own problems. Eventually Boris helps shift Dave's focus to being kind towards other people. They then learn how focusing on kindness is actually helpful to your own heart too. Keep that focus pointed at others!
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This lesson cross references the SEL Core Competency: 'Relationship-Skills.' It teaches children about how the brain functions with relation to our attention and focus. It equips the students with tools to listen actively, focus on empathy, offer support when needed, and choose kindness in social settings. The episode ultimately models how to to develop positive relationships void of selfishness.
This lesson cross-references with M 2., B-LS 3., and B-SS 2. from the ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards.
CF2: Caring Friendships - the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties.
RR2: Respectful Relationships - practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships.