Bringing joy and excitement into learning
Welcome to the Brain Workout Academy! We offer classes for children and for adults. Looking for a STEM after school program? Want to improve your brain health? You are in the right place. Browse classes below for young and adult learners.
My name is Dr. Hagit (Kate) Sela, I am the founder of The Brain Workout Academy. My rich experience in mathematics education as well as my love for people brought me to develop programs that help people unleash their mind's full potential.
I have a strong educational background, with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Special Education, as well as master’s and Doctorate degrees in Mathematics Education. My graduate degrees were obtained from the prestigious Technion – Israel Institute of technology.
Over the course of my career, which spans over 30 years, I have served as a professor at both the University of Maryland and the University of Florida, as well as a research assistant at Florida State University.
Throughout my career, I have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in teaching, curriculum development, and professional development facilitation. I have worked with hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators and developed math curricula and assessment in English and in Hebrew.
Many times in my career I noticed that some people, young and adult, prefer memorizing information rather than engaging in critical thinking. It seems that some individuals may find comfort in memorization because it provides a sense of certainty and familiarity. Memorization can be useful in certain situations, such as when learning basic facts or formulas. However, critical thinking plays a crucial role in problem-solving, decision-making, and understanding complex concepts. Critical thinking also develops our brains. When we engage in critical thinking, our brains are actively involved in processing information, analyzing data, making connections, and evaluating evidence. This mental activity stimulates various regions of the brain, promoting neural growth and strengthening existing neural pathways. Promoting critical thinking can help individuals become more adept at reasoning, analyzing information, and applying knowledge in practical contexts. It is through critical thinking that innovative ideas emerge, complex problems are solved, and new discoveries are made.
Moreover, engaging in critical thinking is fun! It involves immersing ourselves in captivating, purposeful, and enjoyable activities. Witnessing the sparkle in the eyes of my participants as they engage in these activities is truly rewarding. They connect with their peers, they are playful, and they lose track of time. This is exciting! See pictures to see how fun learning looks like.
I developed the Brain Workout Academy’s curriculum with a goal to focus on mind-stimulating activities and social interactions. As such, the classes develop confidence, perseverance, and a love of learning.
I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with you to help you reach your full potential. I believe that being mentally and physically active at any age is key to a fulfilling life. Thank you for visiting our website, and I look forward to working with you soon.