Week 6: The Week of the Storm

    By Louie

    Hey everyone,

    Sorry for the late post, I just got power back yesterday and internet now.  Last week I took a look at the Learning Theories section in the “Resources for ED 631.” (Link below)


    Chapter 2 of Seifert goes over different perspectives on learning, some I agree with and others I didn’t.  The “Viewing learning as dependent on curriculum” is the perspective I disagree with the most. I believe that judging a student’s intelligence on tests is not looking at the student in entirety.  Unfortunately, I see this view in our education system which I believe needs to be revamped. Increasingly, it seems that “teachers equate learning with the major forms of academic achievement[,] especially language and mathematics and to a lesser extent musical skill, physical coordination, or social sensitivity (Gardner, 1999, 2006).” (Seifert, 2015).  

    I think that every student is smart in their own areas, and educators should make time to find out what those areas are.  Although I disagree with viewing learning as dependent on curriculum, I think that it will help me anyway by reminding me what not to do.  

    My learning plan in the beginning of the semester said I wanted to find new techniques to help my students learn, regardless of the setting.  I think that by getting to know your students, you can help increase learning by incorporating student info into your lessons. I have done this for word problems during math instruction, and I have quoted Forrest Gump when teaching similes too.  If you guys have any experiences of when you’ve had to tap into student info to make content stick/be more relatable, I’d love to hear!

    P.S. - the Learning Theories map is also a really helpful thing you may want to favorite!

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    Here is our online home for ED 631 for Spring 2018.

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