Natural Bridges Children's Center
"Teachers are Brain Changers" ~ Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher
(Neuro-Teach-Brain Science and the Future of Education)
Research shows that there is no greater influence on student outcomes than teacher quality.
Brain science informs the field of education that children's brains undergo
exponential development from birth to age 5. Children produce millions of neural connections
per second and these connections are influenced by relationships, experiences, and the environment.
NBCC teachers understand this science and the important role they play in deepening children's learning. They spend each day observing children's interests and cultivate experiences that will deepen neural pathway growth. This is done through intentional environmental set-ups, and through direct and indirect instruction.
Inquiry Based Learning is rooted in the Dewey philosophy that learning is done best by interacting
and collaborating with others and through the investment of hands-on, minds-on inquiry. Our teaching
practices include intentionality, teaching for understanding, encouraging inquiry, and providing real
NBCC does this by:
NBCC integrates science, physics, engineering, math, reading, writing, and art throughout children's play and
provides language and tools to heighten perception of their work and play.
"Education... is a process of living and not a preparation for future living" ~ John Dewey