Teaching and Learning Reflection Paper

Teachingand Learning Reflection Paper

CourseInstructor

LearningTheories

CognitiveTheory

Thistheory posits that the brain is the mental process should beconsidered when it comes to learning. In that sense, it is,therefore, necessary that an understanding of one`s beliefs,thoughts, personality and feeling be put into consideration. Itfurther point that humans are rational, and their ability to requireactive participation since their ability to learn relies on theiractions. The theory acknowledges that a change in behavior isobservable, but that is a manifestation of what is happening in theirbrain.

HumanisticTheory

Thehumanistic behavior principles of learning are based on the beliefthat it is vital to study and provide motivation to enable learning.This requires understanding a person as a whole more so as the persongrows and develop as a whole during their lives. Clear understandingsof the factors that motivate different individuals during differentstages of their lives greatly determine how teaching and impartingknowledge to students will take place.

SocialCognitive Theory

Thistheory takes a different route and explains that learning takes placethrough cognitive structures and claim that learning is a socialprocess. As such, the subscribers of this theory pose that learningis acquired through an observation of other people behavior. This canbe explained by the aspect that role models play in helping theprocess of learning by individuals.

Ilike and also subscribe to the proponents of these theories becausethey help in understanding the different concepts of learning. Thecognitive theory helps in describing the effect of motivation towardslearning and further gives different motivation variables that can beused to improve learning. Social cognitive theory furthers this factby explaining that learning is a social process, and this would helpteachers in understanding the best cultural and environment contextin which to carry out the learning process. The theories give a broadview of learning and in the process help and guide the most relevantapproach to learning. As an instructor, I will be able to plandiligently my lesson and manage my students well so that the learningprocess may have the greatest impact on the students learning(Finelli, DeMonbron, Shekhar, Borrego, Henderso, Prince &amp Waters,2014, October).

LearningStrategies

CooperativeLearning

Incooperative learning, students cooperate with working is smallworking groups on structured learning activities. When it comes toassessment, each student is individually accountable for his or herwork although the group is also assessed as a whole. This form of theactive learning process can be achieved through face to facediscussion or through an online platform where a discussion board isused for posting students ideas and opinions. This learning processhelps learners to appreciate working in the group despite theirdynamics.

CollaborativeLearning

Thisis a learning process where a learner at various levels works inunison and the work of the group is assessed together. As a result,it requires the active participation of the whole group since theperformance of one learner can be affected by the other students. Theprocess of learning, therefore, award all students equal gradesdespite the difference in human learning capabilities. Learners haveto collaborate and learn to work as a unit because that is whathappens in the real world (Pelco, 2015).

Problem-BasedLearning

Inthe problem-based learning, students engage themselves in groups andtry to solve problems that link to their learning course. In theprocess, they can link and associate what they learn with the day today activities and be able to solve real-world situation using theknowledge gained from their learning. Being able to solve real worldproblems using the knowledge gained through learning then forms abasis of motivation for learners to pursue knowledge.

Cooperativelearning helps learners to identify themselves within a group andlearn their weakness and strengths. In the process, the learners canimprove their areas of weaknesses and perfect on their string areas.The collaborative learning process helps in propelling the idea thatlearning is a social process. It will help learners improve theirlearning through learning from each other to fit into that group.Collaborative learning can be associated with the social cognitivetheory because it deals with learning as a society affair that shouldbe carefully undertaken because it affects the group as a whole.Problem-solving learning model, on the other hand, can be supportiveof the humanistic theory because it supports active participation oflearners in the development of knowledge. Learners appreciate theimportance of the knowledge gained through learning because it cansolve real world problems, hence, the motivation to learn (Faust, &ampPaulson, 1998).

Identifyand Integrate Learners Resources

Internships

Thisis an opportunity that learners have to have a first-hand experiencein a working environment. They learn to integrate their knowledge tosolve real-world issues.

E-learning

Theyare platforms on the internet with resources such as a database,articles, and e-books where learners can have access to knowledge andother information without the tutor. They help learners appreciateand understand the concept of research since it is an active process.

Inquirylearning

Thisis a learning resource where learners are allowed to ask questionsregarding their studies. This way, they can better understandconcepts and knowledge gained. Tutors, fellow students and nowadaysthe internet can be a good platform for inquiry learning.

Theseresources greatly complement learning theory and active learningprocess. A learner can, for instance, be able to be actively involvedin learning through research on the internet. Internships helplearners meet other experienced individuals in the same field andthis in the process adds up knowledge and expertise. Learning as asocial process can be enhanced through appreciation of learner’sefforts and allowing inquiry and consultation between students, theirtutors, and the environment.

Impactof Students Resources and Its Support on Student Learning

Studentlearning is supported because the students are actively involved andare given the freedom to interact in their studies. Learning asgroups help built confidence and relations that are core in learning(Schunk, 1996).

FacultyResource and Opportunities

MaricopaCentre for Learning and Instruction

Thisis an entity that is committed to ensuring that student succeeds intheir studies through the provision of effective teaching andlearning environment. They achieve this noble function throughinnovation in technology in the learning sector, offer scholarshipopportunities for learners and teachers, and work in collaborationwith various faculties, education administrators, and other districtgroups. So as a teacher or a tutor, I can apply for thesescholarships that would help improve my skills in teaching and alsoupdate me on the emerging issues in my field of specialization. Thiswill enable me to impact more knowledge that is up to date with mystudents.

Centrefor Teaching and Learning

Thesecenters are present in all faculties and play an important role inproving guidelines, professional development, workshops and trainingto tutors. Since learning is a life process, I would constantly visitthese resources to sharpen my skills so that I can develop myprofession. I would also like to join the workshop to meet my fellowprofessionals so that we can share our experiences and that help inunderstanding the dynamics of teaching and learning as a whole.

AdjunctFaculty Association

Likeany other association, this particular one offers professionaldevelopment opportunities, professional support and also otherresources necessary to support the two. Subscription to thisassociation would help in sharpening skill in the profession and atthe same time offering an opportunity to interact with fellowassociation members who can share their insights on the developmentof the learning process (Frith, Cowan &amp Delany, 2015).

Impactof Personal learning on teaching

Asan instructor, we are equipped with some knowledge before we may beallowed to take on the learning professions. However, someinformation becomes history due to the rate at which everything inthe world is changing. This is one of the factors why learning of newinformation regarding my profession is inevitable less I becomeobsolete. Teaching is my life career ambition, and it have to beupdated with time. The above resources play an important role inensuring t5hat I learn new skills and expertise in my profession and,as a result, I can deliver diligently on my responsibilities. Even ifit means going back to college to update my knowledge and skill, Iwill be forced to go back.

Thatsaid, learning have a great impact on my teaching. First, I would beable to understand the various dynamics and problems facing teaching,thus, appreciating why some learners behave in a particular manner.Learning help improves the way I plan my teaching sessions tomotivate learners to learn and achieve the maximum result inteaching. Learners have to be comfortable with the way they learn andthat environment can be created if I learn more about how to do thesame. Learning is an inevitable task that needs to be done by allteachers since the ever changing world call also for a change intactics on the way we teach. What could have been a motivating factorten years ago could be a derailing factor today and failure tounderstand that could affect the level of learners understanding. Tome, learning positively affects my teaching, and I will continue tolearn as long as I can.

Impactof professional growth and development on student learning

Developingand growing professionally is important because it is a motivation afactor to students in the first place learners prefers experiencedteachers because they have a clear record as opposed to new teachers.However, that does not mean that new teachers are in any way weak butthat is the pathetic perception. Nevertheless, growth and developmentprofessionally is an advantage because there would be a broaderunderstanding of the practice and management of the learningenvironment. Problem solving becomes easier because the same personhas faced quite some similar situation, hence, ease in which to solvesuch problems. Students learn more through extensive knowledge gainedby these professionals and are in a position to be more knowledgeablethan other. As a consequence, the students have a broader aspect ofthe learning than those who are just taught about the things insidethe box. A broader approach to concepts of learning increasesstudents thinking capabilities (Richter, Kunter, Klusmann, Lüdtke, &ampBaumert, 2014).

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