Looking at Learning ... Again

Forum: Looking at Learning... Again

Topic: Professional Development

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:10:45 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?

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Posted by: Renae Stumpf (rstumpf@massed.net )
Organization:Proctor School
Date posted: Thu Feb 21 12:50:45 2002
Subject: The way we learn...
Serving as a special educator for various ages and several years, I feel I've discovered one common characteristic between all ages and how "we" learn. Investigating for answers and understanding everyday concepts and questions, are imperative to functioning in our everyday life. There are some of us who have no problem asking awesome, indepth questions, and fully ingesting the information spewed back at us. Yet, there are those who have great difficulty in finding ways to formulate the questions to discover the answers. For persons such as these, the length of time needed to process a question and/or compare ideas has a huge impact on their motivation and self worth. Therefore, we need to get them started off on a positive note; setting them up for success! Therefore, I do my very best in identifying the interests and "likes" of all my students. This has been an excellent way to ignite the student who thinks low of themselves or lacks the motivation to "discover". Once you begin brainstorming with them by "talking their game" (referencing their interests in everyday situations), their eyes become more focused, their motivation kicks in and they begin feeling good about being apart of something. As we already know, being a part of something, and enjoying it, is self fulfilling. The common characteristic that we all have about learning is feeling successful about ourselves while we are asking and looking for answers! Over a period of many successes, we have instilled in ourselves the ability to rise to the occasion and conquer yet another academic or life challenge.

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