Most interesting to me were the findings related to the development of the brain from a neuroscience perspective and the application to teaching and learning. I was surprised to see how brain connections are being made at such an early age. I was also surprised to learn that the brain is “plastic” in that it continues to grow as neurological connections are made and developed. As challenging as it was, it was interesting to study what types of learning are developmentally appropriate for different ages. As I completed a detailed review of the Georgia Science standards, I found that they seemed developmentally appropriate at each level for the most part, were logical in sequence and depth from one grade to the next overall, and that practices in our district/ school were aligned with them. This standards assessment was difficult, but an interesting process.
The videos related to Poverty and Chaos were powerful, and I believe their impact will stay with me indefinitely. My perspective has been broadened on the topic, and I believe I will be more sensitive students potentially in need. And finally, I'll add that I had not used VoiceThread before this class, and it was good to learn that tool.