Week 3 Breadcrumbs


My action plan begins with an exploration of student development. This includes the child’s physical, cognitive and social development.  As I interact with my students I can see how all of these factors play out in the classroom and impact the learning environment.  All of these factors are variables that I have no control over in that I cannot determine the emotional or social dynamic that enters my classroom.  All I can do is establish norms within the classroom to try to mitigate everything else that is going on with the students and even this I am still trying to figure out.

It helps to know that even developmental psychologist have difficulty with this in that they admit that there is a  lack of empirical research.  As a result there are a great variety of adolescent behavioral modes such as Piaget theory of cognitive development, Erikson's psychosocial theory and Kohlberg's theory of Moral Reasoning. When these established theories are rough estimates of what one can expect to see in adolescents.  These theories can only offer possible explanations as to why adolescents act the way they do and offer suggestions as to how to guide them.  

Psychologists describe the adolescent years as a crucial stage in which identity is established. I realize that my role as an educator is not to parent my students but to be a support to them and the guidance that I can give is very limited but can have a positive impact if done in the right way.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      This is a really good start on the Breadcrumbs.

      My suggestion is that start collecting, and referring to, texts that help shape your thinking and learning.

      I have put together a starter set of resources. You can find it here.

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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