Learning About Learning

What does it mean to learn something? What does learning look like? For anyone looking to become a teacher or get involved in education, here is a valuable exercise; write your own personal theory of learning. I had taught for fifteen years before a graduate course in the psychology of learning asked me to do this. The theories we focused on were not groundbreaking and were no different from those likely studied in other colleges of education across the world. I had read the main text, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School by Bransford, Brown, and Cocking, a few years prior and it had already influenced my teaching. Indeed, I would recommend it not only to educators but to anyone interested in the topic of learning. However, I found the final act of putting thoughts down and ordering the learning process incredibly helpful. It has left me with a short document I can reread to guide my planning or reflect on my practice.

No doubt this will not be a static work and may alter with reflections from my classroom, but here is my first stab.

Personal Theory of Learning

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