I believe learning should be an active process that allows students the opportunity to explore and be creative in an environment that promotes success. I believe learning should be presented in a manner in which the learner does not fear exploration and expression of his/her thoughts. It should be active and allow for collaboration between learners. I find that constructivism leans toward my thoughts on learning. Constructivist learning allows for active engagement and uses problem solving strategies (Driscoll, 2005). This theory allows the learner to build upon prior knowledge. My learning experience with Walden University has provided me with this type of learning environment and therefore, I have applied this style to my teaching.
I have found that students are able to digest and apply material when it is presented in a meaningful way. In addition, engagement is greater when they are active participants in a community of learners.
I believe creating an environment that is engaging and promotes success is non-negotiable. My purpose for teaching is to engage students in the exploration of new knowledge and build upon prior knowledge. It is to promote success for all learners. In addition I feel my purpose is to create life-long learners that leave my classroom with knowledge and skills they can apply and find purpose in. With these things in mind, it is vital that I promote the use of technology within this type of environment. Research has shown that collaboration among learners promotes success. Technology allows for greater collaboration, engagement, differentiated instruction and task, research of knowledge and application.
Driscoll, M. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.
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