Your final paper in this course will present your own customized theory of human learning and development.
Everyone operates with a theory of what makes the best learning environment and how people grow and develop.
The problem is that most education professionals’ theories are neither well-informed nor articulated clearly.
Thus, for this paper, you will articulate your idea of the best learning environment and support it by using the theoretical perspectives of what defines the best of in education.
This assignment will be completed in 2 stages: an annotated bibliography and a final paper.
Your finished paper will give you a conceptual framework from which to draw strategies and practices for the success of all parties involved in the teaching-learning process.
The paper must be 8 pages: 6 pages for the body, 1 cover page, and 1 references page.
It must use at least 8 references and include a solid biblical basis for your theory. If you have more than 1 page of references after meeting your 8-page content requirement, be assured that points will not be deducted.
You may find it useful to focus on the educational area in which you intend to serve (high school, gifted, ADHD, etc.).
Information for your educational theory can be found throughout all the activities completed during this course. Your resources must include both of your textbooks.
Throughout the paper, it is essential that you demonstrate your understanding of the readings and course work.
You will be graded on how well you integrate 1 or more of the theories studied in this course; your theory must be unified and congruent. You must design your paper by using the following headings:
II. Learning Theory and Its Importance
III. Description of an Effective Teacher and Learning Environment (Be sure to include discussions of direct instruction, technology, motivation, classroom management. See below.)
IV. Learning Characteristics (How does your customized theory address multi-modalities and ability grouping?)
V. Personal Reflection (What is the relationship of your personal learning styles profile, study skills inventory, and philosophical methodology of learning profile to creating your customized learning theory?)
When writing your third section—the description of an effective teacher and learning environment—you will gather some valuable information from Chapter 1 of your Slavin textbook where it discusses an effective teacher.
Think about what influence direct instruction has on your learning theory from Chapter 7. Or, for example, consider what ability-grouping methods would be most prevalent according to your learning theory, and why, from Chapter 8.
Do not forget to discuss technology in your learning environment from Chapter 9. The type of motivations that would be included in your theory could be gleaned from Chapter 10. How you can prevent problems or distractions in your learning environment can be found in Chapter 11.
The fifth section of your paper is going to be a personal reflection on all of the different profiles you take throughout the course. You will be describing your personal learning styles and study skills. The use of first person is acceptable where appropriate. Substantiate your assumptions with authoritative references. Why is understanding the way you learn important for having an effective learning theory?
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For several years I have felt that I had a clear understanding of my teaching style and classroom management approach as they relate to learning theory as well as human growth and development as I feel that a learning community and/or classroom is not complete with all entities operational and authentically executed.
I never thought to try to identify it or give it a name, but I feel that there has been a clear direction to everything that have done and will do my classroom.
While studying the work and theories of some of the great philosophers and movers and shakers who have shaped and formed the very foundations of teaching and learning, It became clear to me that the things I was doing in the classroom did not come from thin air.
I was (unknowingly) incorporating the theories of Jack Mezirow, David & Roger Johnson, and John Dewey into my personal style without any predetermined intention.
These personal styles and influences I’ve come to realize is completely derived from my own educational philosophy whether I had ever formalized one or not.
I believe that all three of them speak to what I feel is at the very core of my educational philosophy, communication and experience.
This philosophy governs what I do and what I believe should be done in the classroom in order to provide students with the very best environment and learning possible to enable them to learn without fear or distraction and these conditions are necessary tenets if teaching and learning are to happen.
Mezirow (2012) asserts that as we get older we need to rely on our prior knowledge and...