The Final Stretch

"To view learning with new lenses"

How I view learners, including myself?

There are differences in the ways we learn and use information, just as there are differences in our personalities. Some people are quiet and process information in a reflective manner. Others are “take charge” types who need to use information and solve problems right away.

We change and adjust our learning strategies based on our own development and the various learning situations in which we find ourselves, just as we have different learning preferences and methods. Understanding ourselves and becoming more aware of our differences allows us to be more adaptable to new situations throughout our lives as learners.

How I look at learners, their intelligences and ways of learning?

When developing online school and homeschool lessons, as well as assisting students to study effectively to master difficult concepts, it is critical to understand the various types of learning preferences and prevailing theories. While one learning preference or theory will not work for all students, learning about them can help you identify your own student’s strengths and weaknesses. Some have been criticized over time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put some of their practices to the test to see how our students prefer to learn and study. They’re still popular today for a reason!

Learning preferences are concerned with how students process information through their senses in order to absorb and retain what is being taught. While many people claim to have a “learning style,” what they really have are learning preferences, or how they prefer to receive lessons. Students learn and retain more educational content when it is delivered – or taught – to them in a variety of different ways, rather than just one, even if that way is their preferred method of learning.

The kinds of knowledge and learning processes I now value?

This is probably the least valued type of knowledge because it can be uncomfortable to reflect on what is going on in your own world. We are concerned about what we might discover. Metacognitive knowledge can be divided into three categories: (1) strategic knowledge, (2) knowledge about cognitive tasks (i.e. contextual, conditional knowledge), and (3) self-knowledge. Because people are complex, and groups of people only add to the complexity dynamic within a system, having a good measure of metacognitive knowledge (that is, engaging in this type of thinking) is critical to your performance, well-being, and success. For example, if you’re meeting with a client who has vastly different cultural values and ways of knowing than you, you should pay attention to contextual cues. You move together, in sync, as if you were in a dance, and you have no idea what the next step will be! You must be aware of yourself, the person moving and speaking, and the situation as it develops. You better be paying attention and making the most of your information inputs.

Pay attention to your knowledge needs if you have any goals in your personal or professional life– it will help you increase your success and goal attainment. Answer the question: Do I lack knowledge of facts, concepts, procedures, or metacognition? You will be on your way to greater learning and success by addressing knowledge gaps.

The ways that I recognize, examine, and resolve education issues?

Many engineering, math, and science instructors assign “problems” to their students to solve. But are their students working on real problems or just practicing? The former emphasizes critical thinking and decision­making abilities, whereas the latter only requires the use of previously learned procedures. True problem solving is the process of applying an unknown method to a problem that is subject to a specific set of conditions and that the problem solver has never seen before in order to arrive at a satisfactory solution.

"Making changes"

Do I sense an urge to initiate changes?

There is no single solution that works for everyone, whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or achieve another goal. To achieve your goal, you may need to try several different techniques, often through trial and error.

During this time, many people become discouraged and abandon their behavior change goals. Try new techniques and find ways to stay motivated to achieve and maintain your goals.

Change is difficult, but psychologists have devised effective methods to assist people in changing their behavior. These techniques are used by therapists, doctors, and teachers. In addition, researchers have proposed theories to explain how change occurs. Understanding the elements of change, the stages of change, and how to work through each stage can assist you in meeting your objectives.

Can I make change happen or are these seemingly futile dreams?

To ponder the meaning of life too openly or intensely sounds like an odd, ill-fated, and unintentionally comedic pastime. It’s not something a normal person should do – or would get very far by doing. A select few may be capable of taking on the task and discovering the answer in their own lives, but such ambition is not for the majority of us. Extraordinary people live meaningful lives: great saints, artists, scholars, scientists, doctors, activists, explorers, national leaders…. If we ever discovered the meaning, we suspect it would be incomprehensible, possibly written in Latin or computer code. It wouldn’t be anything that could help us navigate or illuminate our activities. We are, without always realizing it, operating with a remarkably ungenerous perspective on the meaning of life.

Yet, in reality, the subject is for everyone; it is for all of us to ponder and define what it means to live a meaningful life. There should be nothing prohibitive about the situation. A meaningful life can have a simple structure, be personal, usable, appealing, and familiar.

How am I looking ahead into the future?

Every morning when I wake up, I wonder how my day will go. What challenges will I face today, tomorrow, and in the future? I have a good life and am following my dream of becoming a physical and health educator.

Physical education encompasses far more than simply running around in a gym or playing a sport. It allows children to exercise, learn teamwork, anger management, rules, camaraderie, and physical challenges, to name a few benefits. These physical education activities will be carried over into children’s play throughout their lives. Health education emphasizes the significance of being and remaining healthy. That choosing the right path early in life can have a long-term impact on their health. I can’t wait to see my students smile one day because they accomplished something I taught them.

Overall, my life experiences and family history have shaped me into the student and educator I am today and will continue to develop into on a daily basis. Every day, I will learn and experience new things. My teaching style will evolve as I gain new knowledge and experience. This is an ongoing process.

I will continue to work hard to be the best teacher I can be. I’m excited to see where my classroom field experience will take me. Learning adventures never end.

According to William A. Ward, “the mediocre teacher tells.” A good teacher will explain. The excellent teacher demonstrates. “A great teacher motivates.”

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