Welcome to the first day of the 2015-2016 school year! I am excited to have you in my World Studies class this year! In the next few days, weeks and months, we will spend time getting to know each other and delving into the past. I think you will find that this class is not your average ‘boring’ history class. You will be encouraged to research, think, process, create, discuss, debate and argue. This creation of knowledge is, essentially, what we call “learning.” But before we can learn effectively, we need to understand the physiological processes occurring in our brains that enable learning to occur.
Today, we will be delving more into the realms of science than history. We will look at the synapses, dendrites and neurons (brain cells) that create learning pathways in the mind. Today, you will participate in a research experience designed to help you understand how your individual brain learns. This fun activity helps set up a positive attitude about learning for the rest of the year!
Finally, I will be assigning homework at the end of class. Usually, I will post a link to any reading, questions, rubrics, etc. right here in the blog post. This homework assignment is special, however, and you will only receive instructions verbally in class. Should you have missed the first day of school, No Worries! Simply come see me ASAP for the instructions!
Thanks for bringing a positive energy to school each day. I look forward to having you in class!