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Noggin @ Sitton Elementary (1st graders)

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

WHAT:  Noggin visit to Sitton Elementary

WHEN:  Thursday, May 25, 11:00 – 2:30pm

WHERE:  Sitton Elementary, 9930 N Smith St, Portland, OR 97203

First grade teachers (including Michele Interian, Kim Condron, Meera-Rosa Edgar, and Natalia Pruessler, and principal Dana Nerenberg) at Sitton Elementary School have been engaging in trauma informed teaching practices this year. They have been educating students about the brain and self regulation…

Noggin will visit Sitton twice this spring (5/11 and 5/25) to talk about neuroscience, and introduce some brain-related art projects (and real brains!) to both students and teachers.  In fact, we have several graduate volunteers from OHSU who study emotional regulation in the context of development who are particularly eager to participate…


A Synapse with Sitton

On Thursday, May 25, we’ll meet with 75 first graders in three, 50 minute sessions (about 25 students/session).  According to teachers, these students have been studying the amygdala, frontal lobes and hippocampus, and how they interact…

Our volunteers will arrive early to create a brain out of colored paper on the floor, highlighting relevant regions, including cortical lobes, cerebellum, amygdala and hippocampus.  We’ll introduce these regions, let kids ask questions, practice some mindful listening while considering how various brain areas interact.  How are these different parts of the brain connected?  How do they develop?  Students can then draw what these different parts of the brain do directly on the paper…

We’ll also examine some real brains…

More about Sitton:  Sitton Elementary is located in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland.  We are a school that welcomes and nurtures students and families, creating a close-knit and comfortable community.  We strive to use our students’ diverse skills and backgrounds to help them reach their greatest potential as learners, leaders, and as agents of change in our school, community, and world.

Committed volunteers
1. Jennifer Jensen, PSU
2. Rebekah Hough, PSU
3. Alison Mack, PSU
4. Travis Christian, PSU
5. Mikey Smith, PSU
6. Jessica Patching-Bunch, PSU
7. Adam Bishop, PSU
8. Jessica Trottier, PSU
9. Austin Abshire, PSU
10. Ellie Sceeles, PSU
11. Shawna Erickson, PSU


May 25
11:00 am - 2:30 pm


Sitton Elementary
9930 N Smith St
Portland, 97203 United States
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