Sea Crest’s strengthened Student Success process has increased our school’s focus on neuroscience. Each day, we are learning more about how memory, attention, and perception change over the course of a child’s development and how we might adjust our approach in order to maximize learning.
One example is “Learning and the Brain,” our new weekly core course for Sixth Grade students. Taught by Student Support Coordinator Laurie Schoeffler, the goal of this class is to help Sixth Graders better understand the way their minds work so that they can gain metacognitive abilities.
“I am passionate about the intersection of neuroscience and education,” said Ms. Schoeffler, who has been a member of the Learning and the Brain Society for ten years. “I am most interested in understanding how mindset, executive function, and social-emotional development are integral to the learning process. Understanding our children as the unique beings they are brings the joy into each day for me! Two books top my recommended reading list: Raising a Self-Disciplined Child by Brooks & Goldstein and Brain Rules by John Medina.”
Another example of our work with learning and the brain is our partnership with Dr. Melina Uncapher and Dr. Adam Gazzaley, experts in the field of applied neuroscience. Current Third, Fifth, and Seventh Grade students are piloting an innovative study for a cognitive neuroscience research lab at UCSF. With parents’ permission, students are undergoing interactive assessments and using brain/body trainers in small groups. Our school is helping to build the foundation for a large longitudinal study that could change the way educators approach neuroscience.
Watch Dr. Gazzaley’s TED Talk: