I have been learning so much in the past few years about behavior management, literacy, attachment, confidence, and more, all through the lens of neuroscience. Much of my new learning has come from classes that I have been taking, but I am absolutely fascinated by this stuff! I know that there is no one right way to teach kids, as all kids are different. But I do believe that the information we are now able to glean through the use of advanced technology, MRI, and other neuro-imaging techniques should absolutely inform our decisions as we move forward.
I have now begun exploring this new interest on my own time, and have gathered a few recommended books. I always find that I love discussing books, especially those surrounding education and teaching philosophy, with others. The discussion deepens and enriches my learning experience so much!
So, I am putting out an invitation to anyone out there on the web that might be interested in participating in a book study. I would like to focus the first book study on the book The Social Neuroscience of Education by Louis Cozolino. The book looks at optimizing attachment and learning in the classroom by focusing on how human attachment stimulates neural growth. There is a look at what things turn the brain figuratively “on” and “off” in terms of optimal learning, as well as how to build successful learning environments based on social neuroscience. (This summary comes largely from reading the book flaps, as I have not read the book yet!)
The book is written by a professor of psychology and private practitioner, and was recommended by a colleague on Twitter.
Anyone who would like to participate in the book study will need to obtain a copy of the book. We will assign chapters and “meet” online to chat once a week. We can chat via Google Plus, Twitter, or possibly Skype, depending on the interest of the participants. I will leave that open until I see what sort of response I get. Often the book studies I have available to me are good, but do not focus on the books that I am personally wanting to read. I am hoping this way that others that share the same interests as me can come together to learn via the amazing technology we have available to us. So, who is in?
If you would like to participate, please contact me through the “Contact Me!” tab on my website, and send me a message that includes your email address. Then I will contact you with further information. I would like to start the conversations in late February (giving everyone a chance to get the book), so please contact me as soon as you can. I am so excited to learn with all of you!