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Learning Polls -- Learning and Teaching

How do your beliefs about learning influence your teaching practice? Please take a few minutes to answer these poll questions about teaching and learning. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your own beliefs and practices as well as discover what others think.

1. How do you determine what will be learned in your classroom? (Select up to three that most apply to you.)

Mandated state curricula
Mandated district curricula
Mandated school curricula
Commercial curricula I've selected
Activities I've designed
Activities I've collected (e.g., from colleagues, workshops, conferences)
Suggestions from my students
Other

2 What methods do you use to teach your curriculum?

Below is a select list of teaching techniques. Rank each in terms of how often you use it. (1 = least often; 5 = most often)

 
1
Least Often
2 3 4
5
Most Often
Class Discussions
Teacher Lectures
Textbook Readings
Teacher Demonstrations
Laboratory Activities
Whole Class Interactions
Individualized Work
Small Group Interactions
Technology

 

3. What methods do you use to assess that learning has occurred? Below are select descriptions of assessment techniques. Rank each in terms of how often you use it. (1 = least; 5 = most often)

 
1
Least Often
2 3 4
5
Most Often
Commercial tests that accompany curriculum
Traditional paper/pencil tests that I design
Real world challenges that require students to apply relevant skills and knowledge
Bodies of student work collected and appraised over time
Student Interviews
In-class observations of students

 

4. What are your beliefs about learning? Below are select descriptions of learning theories. Rank each statement as it aligns with your own beliefs about learning. (1 = disagree; 5 = agree).

 

 
1
Disagree
2 3 4
5
Agree
Individuals learn best when rewarded for responding to particular stimuli.
Individuals learn best when they are able to construct new ideas or concepts by reflecting on personal experiences.
Individuals progress through developmental stages and learn best when engaged in age appropriate experiences.
Two different sides of the brain control different "modes" of thinking. Individuals favor one mode over the other and learn best when engaged in experiences that accommodate that particular mode of thinking.
There are several different and distinct ways or skills that people have for knowing and understanding the world. Individuals learn best when they are able to use these skills.

 

 

 
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