Bernadette Robine: Educational Neuroscience in the Classroom
Bernadette has been an Elementary school teacher at the Lycée since 2018, after having taught French at various private schools in New York City. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Bernadette was awarded a Leadership Grant to focus on the applicability of advances in cognitive sciences in the classroom. Her goal is to establish new school-wide practices that allow all students to benefit from progress in neuroscience and pedagogy, while continuing to ensure the best conditions for personalized teaching approaches and ongoing childhood brain development.
The field of cognitive sciences has made tremendous strides in the last decades, particularly in improving our understanding of childrens' brain functions during learning. These advances have the potential to enhance pedagogy to benefit all students, while simultaneously guiding student ability to contribute to classroom atmospheres and personal representation in the curriculum.
Throughout the year, Bernadette will work on six key pedagogical modalities: memorization, attention, comprehension, metacognition, executive functions and psycho-social factors. She aims to help students discover their own abilities, to explore and define personal strategies for learning, and to improve their self-confidence, with the ultimate goal of increasing student motivation to participate as active agents of their own education. She will also work to educate parents and teachers on new learning methods, and help them benefit from recent and verified advances in the field of cognitive sciences in education.