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A week in the life of a Learning and Design student

Monday: Tutoring at Preston Taylor Ministries

PTM logoOne of the assignment requirements for my Parents, School and Community class is to complete a field case study of a child involved with Preston Taylor Ministries (PTM). PTM is an organization based in West Nashville which provides tutoring, mentoring and vocational opportunities to children in the local area. Our class visited the site a few weeks ago and learned more about the organization, its growth and underlying philosophy by meeting the founder, Chan Sheppard. I now tutor a wonderful 2nd grade student there twice a week.

Tuesday: Learning and Instruction class – Nashville Public Library

This week our Learning and Instruction class in Out of School Contexts met at the Downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library. The aim of our field trip was to focus on how the library uses the special collections there to provide information and training about the civil rights movement in Nashville. The Nashville Public Library is an amazing resource which Peabody College has a great relationship with. 

Wednesday: Parent, School and Community class with Alvin Pearman

PCS Alvin PearmanMy Parent, School and Community class this week was led by Alvin Pearman. Alvin is currently working on his Ph.D thesis at Vanderbilt and talked to us about gentrification and its impact on urban schools. It is great to be able to learn from a wide variety of teachers, all of whom are involved in research in the field. This means that it is easy to relate the theoretical material studied in class to what is happening in the real world.

Thursday: Reading for classes at Peabody Library

This morning I spent time in the library completing some of the reading for next week’s classes. All of the course readings are posted on the online platform, Blackboard, and are easy to access. Further reading material can be found in the extensively stocked Peabody Library. The Teaching and Learning department even has its own dedicated librarian who is on hand to help locate any required additional reading and to provide support with the research needed for extended projects. The library also has the added benefit of the Iris Café! 

Friday: Site visit to Country Music Hall of Fame

CMHOF logoThis morning I completed my first site visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Downtown Nashville. I am using this site as an out of school learning context in which to conduct research looking at how learners engage with the museum collection. Peabody has a great working relationship with the Country Music Hall of Fame and students often collaborate with museum staff to design elements of their education program. Today I met with Ali Tonn who is the program manager at the Taylor Swift Education Center.


Current student Helen Collins discusses her experience as a student in the Learning and Design program.