As educators, we must think about the learning process just as much as our teaching methods. Reflection is a powerful tool to analyze our pedagogy to make sure we are serving students to our fullest potential. As a scientist, I want to know what research based methods are most effective to opening our students’ minds. The human brain is a fascinating organ and sets us apart from all other species. It’s shocking that we only started studying the connection between learning and the brain since the 1950’s. We have learned quite a bit, but how exciting is it to think about all that we still have to learn.
Oliver Sacks always intrigued me the way his mind worked and how he in turn interpreted the brain’s function. His passing will be felt in the neuroscience community for a long time to come, but his inspiration to all those he touch will live on. In my essay, I reflect on how to understand and foster better brain function in the classroom.