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Aha!Well-being enhancing human potential.

Aha! Well-being

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AHA! Well-being is a holistic program that includes young learners' physical, cognitive, social, and emotional learning and development. It is science-based and follows the principles of physical literacy and neuroscience. Learners build emotional intelligence and resilience skills through a growth mindset approach. Play, creativity, and enjoyment lead the way!
Yvette Larsson & Nanna Spetz, founders of AHA!
Unlocking human potential

Yvette Larsson & Nanna Spetz, founders of AHA!


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Unlocking human potential

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AHA! Well-being is a well-rounded, holistic and playful, well-being program, that includes people’s physical-, cognitive-, social-, and emotional learning and development.

● AHA! Well-being is science-based and follows the principles of physical literacy: agency, competence, social relationships, and enjoyment. 

● Learners participate in physical activity every day, outdoors and/or indoors. 

● An example of a weekly schedule could be 2 x 60 min of weekly P.E lessons + 3 x 20 min of weekly AHA! Well-being lessons. Adaptations can be tailored to the class’s needs. The AHA! Well-being program is organic in its implementation. It gives the facilitator a foundation and at the same time the flexibility to adapt to the group members' initiatives, originality, and uniqueness.  The activities are a mix of aerobic, anaerobic, high intensity, strength training, agility and coordination, games, and above all play and fun!

● AHA! Well-being enhances learner competencies, learning, and well-being. 

●AHA! Well-being uses recent findings in neuroscience to ensure that the activities positively impact the learner’s life. The facilitator does learning and teaching with the learners about neuroplasticity and well-being, through age-appropriate materials. The aim is to be able to use the knowledge about how our brain and body work, particularly how our neurotransmitters work to keep us balanced and motivated: oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, and cortisol. 

● AHA!Well-being is communicated and modeled through the use of the facilitator's a growth mindset approach. Within the AHA!Well-being program we refer to it as the Athlete’s Mindset. It is vital that the facilitators act as role models, demonstrating resilience, motivation, and enjoyment through their actions. They walk the talk. The facilitator is creating an inclusive culture, a learning community where a growth mindset creates a safe, inclusive, and engaging place. John Hattie’s research has shown that the facilitator's effectiveness leads to learner's growth beyond the normal developmental curve of 0.4. ( 

● During the initial implementation phase of the AHA!Well-being program the facilitator carries out play-based physical activity lessons and creates learning activities with a focus on emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and growth mindset. As the students learn more they will be encouraged to collaboratively take agency and carry out lessons. The ultimate goal is for the learners to be inspired and become confident agents of change in their learning community and beyond, using their unique interests and skills to promote an inclusive, caring, collaborative and solution-oriented environment where well-being is in focus. 

● AHA!Well-being  includes social- and emotional learning skills such as enhancing emotional intelligence by developing confidence, coping skills, collaboration-, creativity- and communication skills. In addition, it includes the practice of mindfulness through yoga, relaxation, reflection, journaling, and self-care. Other focus areas are the importance of healthy habits such as sleep and healthy food.  The participants are introduced to the self check-in tool, that monitors cognitive, social, emotional and physical health. All participants get a common vocabulary to speak about social and emotional learning. 

● The learners have the opportunity to be part of the ambassador program. As an ambassador the learner act as a motivator and communicator. The ambassador organizes and leads events. 

● The AHA!Wellbeing program has a positive and empowering impact on the facilitators’ lives by providing an optimal learning space where they build healthy relationships with their colleagues and the learners through trust, care, and fun. This leads to a united learning community that is confident, competent, collaborative, and has a lust for learning. 

● We believe it takes a village to raise a child. We all play a crucial role in the development of a child’s life. The benefits of the program go beyond the school walls. It gives families and communities sustainable tools and strategies to thrive in our ever-changing society. 

● The core of the program's mission is to unlock human potential. We are driven by the UNSDGS:

UNSDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all of all ages

UNSDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

This innovation started as a pilot at the International School Helsingborg, which is an IB World school, K-12 + Middle and Senior Years Programs. The school caters to students from all around the globe.  Over 450 learners are now participating and above 50 educators. 


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Inclusive classroom design by Anna Lepišová and Nanna Spetz.
Inclusive classroom design: trusting relationships through fun: can't post films on students due to GDPR rules in Sweden,
The Great Outdoors
Imagine that you are outside walking. The sun is shining and the scenery is breathtaking. Let’s say you spend a few hours outdoors. You become aware of the natural surroundings that embrace you. You start to feel calm and happy.In the afternoon you come home and you notice that you have walked 22 kilometers and you feel really happy about that. You have a bath or a shower and afterward, you feel warm in your whole body and you have rosy cheeks. You are hungry and you feel like eating something healthy. A friend calls and wants to have a barbecue outside.Your mind feels clear and you feel balanced. You go out in the park and have a barbecue in the evening. When night falls you fall asleep easily and you sleep deeply. This was one of my days this week.The benefits of being outside in nature are many. The benefits of physical activity likewise. Add a dose of mindfulness and you have a pretty good chance of staying balanced often, and be more open for learning new things.These are things that I think about and act upon when I work as an IB educator and design learning activities for my students.This school year the P.E teacher and I initiated a physical activity program, where we wanted to see the students being physically active every day.My students have their two normal P.E lessons each week, plus three more sessions of what we call “Let’s Move”, a sportive program to enhance student well-being and learning. The students enjoy it tremendously. Our hope is that all students at school will have Let’s Move in the future.During the times we live in now, with the pandemics and with schools still being open in Sweden, I have decided to spend more time outdoors with my students.Outdoor education is something that I have been thinking of a lot, but never really seemed to get my head around properly. Now, during the pandemic, I started to read up on outdoor education, utepedagogik as it is called in Swedish. I started to network with like-minded educators from around the globe on LinkedIn and I realized that the time is now. The pandemic itself is devastating and stressful, but it is also opening new doors for us to reinvent, to imagine new beginnings and to question the status quo.When it comes to physical activity, time spent in nature and mindfulness, the science is here; they all enhance our well-being and we learn better. Why not implementing the three more in the world of education?Schools can be rigid places where change takes a long time. Luckily I work within the IB-program, which is a cutting edge, well-rounded, holistic program that focuses on inquiry-based learning, has a transdisciplinary approach, and a focus on concepts and skills within the curriculum. Within our set of PYP ATL skills, we have the self-management skills and its sub-skills: affective skills and mindfulness!Tomorrow  I will definitely bring my students outside and do outdoor teaching and learning.Have a look at the benefits we gain, from spending time in nature, from being physically active, and from doing mindfulness training regularly.Some of the main benefits of being outside in nature are:Lower blood pressureLower level of stressBetter cardiac healthLower blood sugar levelsBetter concentration and a feeling of a clear mindBetter memoryMore energyBoost of the immune systemHelping weight lossInspiration to become more creativeMore apt to take care of natureEasier to learn thingsMore apt to collaborate The benefits of being physically active are very similar to the above list. Let’s add some more benefits:Better brain functionsStrengthEnduranceDisciplineGritGrowth mindsetChance of having low blood cholesterolStronger bonesBetter recovery if being ill or injuredBetter moodBetter sleepEasier to learn thingsNow let’s look at some of the benefits of mindfulness:Stress reductionFocusLess reactive, more proactive.Better cognitive flexibilityCalmerMore intuitiveBetter self-insightEmpathyCompassionBe happierSolve problem in a more balanced wayBetter sleepEasier to learn things Here are some further reading:Harvard:öreningen:ämjandet:ämjandet: 


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