Indiana University, Bloomington shares a bit same kind of history as my homeschool Jyväskylän Lyseon lukio. Lyseo was established in 1858, Indiana University in 1820 and soon after their Foundation the ones became the cradle of education throughout the surrounding area.
Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of its world-class contributions in research and the arts.
While in Bloomington all Fulbright – teachers will audit two IU courses focused on educational content and pedagogy; observe, conduct and team-teach workshops in local schools for U.S. teachers and students; meet regularly with IU School of Education faculty members for research guidance; and design and complete inquiry projects such as curriculum units, research papers or multimedia presentations.
We will have a great opportunity to meet University faculty members, who are especially specialized in our research themes. For me the priority will be to investigate ” How the U.S history teachers are using primary sources in history teaching and learning and with what results”. In my own work as an IB history teacher the use of primary sources is one of the priorities and it will be interesting to compare and contrast the aims, methods and the results throughout the semester.
My University courses are focused on teaching and learning: especially on understanding the learning processes and the methods used be history teachers. For every session we have several sources to be studied and based on the sources we shall discuss, argue and share. The American method is to share and discuss: that is what we are doing in the IB aswell, nothing new for me! Looking forward to this semester; it is so refreshing to be a part of the academic world as a student for a change.
Unlike in many other American towns, public transportation is well organised in Bloomington. You can very easily reach all the University departments together with the downtown area or either the shopping mall by taking a bus. Online Doublemap tells you where your bus is right now, so you just follow the map and go to the bus stop ( which are not always marked clearly) in time.
Or you could take an Uber-taxi, which is also one of the options in here. It is not illegal and works well. Even so the public transportation is well organised, everything might be a bit easier by having a car here. You don´t see people walking around outside the Campus, everybody has a car and there is not even sidewalks.
Just great that the School of Education is hosting my University courses and it is easy to reach by 15 minutes walk. This breath of an academic world together with the international atmosphere is so inspirational. This really is what you need after 19 years of teaching, thanks Fulbright!