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Saved by Starr Hoffman
on December 1, 2009 at 8:44:03 pm

critical elements of learning & being a learned person?

  • motivation = the bridge between desire and action
  • relevance (interest is related to this)
  • high self-efficacy
  • aptitude
  • good memory
    • learning isn't just memorization of facts, but memory is the basic, beginning stages of learning
  • critical thinking (ability to analyze and synthesize information)
  • scaffolding


discussion of value in studying teaching/learning theory

  • more concentration on learning theory than teaching theory
  • allows you to tailor your method to the ways that your students learn
  • expectations of a methods "how to teach" class in this program (there is "Effective College Teaching" offered, but not required)
  • learning theory seems to primarily come from psychology, although this is often not acknowledged (maybe we need to include more educational psychology courses)
  • remember that they are theories, not laws--use them as tools, but don't be tied to them
  • if you give a test to a class and everyone misses the same single question, what does that tell you?
    • the question was worded badly/incorrectly
    • the concept was taught ineffectively
    • class members may have lacked the conceptual background to understand the topic
  • if more than 50% of the class missed a concept, it might be important to re-cover that concept in a different way, and to discuss the question itself and what/why the correct answer is, in class


my brainstorming... alternate methods of assessing learning...

  • maybe you could let students choose how they want to show what they have learned in a class...
  • they could choose a method from a list, and if they strongly feel that a valid method is not listed, they can make a case for it to you (add really good ones to the list for next time)
  • for example:  test, essay/paper, orally tell you, presentation (A/V), chart, etc....

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