Hola amazing TBSH fans! School is back in full swing again, and in my household it isn’t just for the younger half of the family – I, too, have two classes this semester! I am actually pretty jazzed about the courses I am taking because it is tapping into my newfound passion for education and learning. What two courses am I taking, you ask? I am taking “Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education“, and “The Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health, and Education“. One course offers historical insight into the interwoven paradigm of the U.S. education system with an opportunity to evaluate current policies. The U.S. school framework used to be the envy, especially in math, science, and reading. We will have the opportunity to assess the impacts progressiveness, racial desegregation, legalization, and collective bargaining had to what was once the educational system admired around the world, ultimately shaping political and policy changes. Secondarily, and the part I’m most eager to dive into, is the exploratory hypothesis posed, and that which I will collectively interact and challenge with my classmates: What are the best ways of lifting the performance of American schools to a higher level?
And … to expand my interests even further, the other course I am taking taps into the intersection of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, health and education. Moreover, I’ll have the opportunity to gain introductory learnings and assessments to the fundamental biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that are critical functions related to learning and achievement. We will cover concepts such as epigenetics, sensitive periods, and neuroplasticity, which seriously gives me goosebumps! I have been intrigued for quite some time to the variety of learning methods, whether offered as a framework or self-taught. I see this to be true even within my own children where teaching approaches and methods vary in effectiveness based on each child. Therefore, I am quite anxious to begin my studies in this area of neuroscience!
You’re probably wondering why I am sharing this with you, and that is a three-part answer: (1) Learning is a natural source of happiness for me and I committed to sharing whatever makes me Simply Happy(!!!), (2) I am interested in sharing much of what I learn, and my experience in the courses … So, here is a head’s up, and (3) I am curious to see how many of you TBSH fans are equally interested in these topics, thus possibly interested in me updating this post throughout the semester related to my findings. I feel there is so much these topics can offer in engaging dialogue, as well as contribute to the larger conversation and community on education and learning.
So, there you have it! If you’re interested in me updating this post throughout the semester with what I’ve learned and contributing to the topics worthy of a larger audience for conversation related to education reform or the neuroscience in learning – let me know by submitting a comment below in the Comments section of the blog and let me know you want to be subscribed to the updates of this post 🙂 Let’s learn together!!! — XOXO, Bridgette