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Advanced Middle School Biology: A Neuroscience Crash Course!

Sarah Tedesco
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(98)
This fun and abbreviated look into neuroscience will create a strong foundation for students who are interested in the nervous system or the brain! Topics include neuron firing, action potentials, language, and more!

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Advanced Level
This class is taught in English.
After completing this course, your learner should be able to...

- Explain what the nervous system is along with its two main components
- Describe in general how nerves signal the brain through the spinal cord
- Explain how there is an electrical component to neurons and an action potential is when these electrical component varies
- Describe how neurotransmitters are fed from the presynaptic terminal to the postsynaptic terminal
- Describe the effects of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and ACh
- Explain what the neuromuscular junction is
- List the main parts of the eyes, along with what "rods" and "cones" are
- Describe how visual information gets to the brain
- List some parts of the brain that control language and speech
- Define aphasia and anomia
- Explain generally what the Wada procedure is and why it is important
I am a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a Master's of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Biomedical Engineering. I currently hold a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials. During my degree, I've been required to take physiology and cell biology courses with intensive laboratory portions. Particularly in my graduate years, one of my main focuses has been behavioral and cellular neuroscience. I have given short lectures on neuroscience topics.

I've been an online teacher for 6 years, and I've been teaching Biology at middle and high school levels for more than 2 of those years. I've also taught the same material in private sessions and in small groups.
Homework Offered
Since this course is short, I do not assign formal homework. However, if this is an important part of your learner's journey, I will be happy to collaborate and create homework assignments for them.
0 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Since this course is short, I do not perform assessments.
Grades Offered
Nothing is required to bring to class. 
There isn't anything in this course that should cause concern for parents. 

During some of the classes, we will be discussing parts of the body like the brain, the skin, the eyes, and alike. If your learner is more squeamish or is uncomfortable talking about these things, it may not be the class for them. 

In addition, we'll also be talking about certain procedures that involve "brain slicing" or experimenting with the brain. I won't be going into great detail about how these happen. But if this would freak your learner out to begin with, reconsider enrolling in this course! 
100% of the material from this course will come from select sections of this textbook: 

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 4th Ed. by Bear and colleagues 
Part 1 (multiple chapters): Foundations
Chapter 10: The Central Visual Systems
Chapter 20: Language 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(98)
Hi, there! Welcome to my profile and thank you for visiting! 

👋 Who are you? What is your background?

My name is Sarah Tedesco and I am a 23-year-old Ph.D. student from Long Island, New York. I am a first year Ph.D. student in Cellular Biology... 
Group Class


weekly or $72 for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
60 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-14
3-18 learners per class

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