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Learning Centered Psychological Principles

EPS 511

As a student, learning was fun, but it could be challenging at times. As a teacher, I must capture the essence of making learning enjoyable and worthwhile to my students. Thinking about the learning centered principles, I see myself having to be a chameleon in many different ways. I must adjust to the many different learning styles of my students, consistently be creative, develop new ideas to keep them engaged, and be an understanding, no-nonsense nurturer that my children will remember for years to come. After evaluating each of the learner centered principles, I developed metaphors to express my understanding and philosophies of the factors involved in learning. Cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, affective, developmental, social, and individual differences factors will be examined and supported. We can all be better learners and teachers if we understand the foundation of our learning.

Human learning, development, and motivation are extremely important components to be knowledgeable about when becoming a teacher. Understanding the cognitive and metacognitive factors of learning will result in building and constructing the foundation of learning. Therefore, when I thought about myself as a teacher, I would describe myself as a building block or Legos. This was the first thing that came to my mind as I thought about the learning process, goals, and strategic thinking. Each subcomponent focused on building on top of the basic learning and constructing new ways of thinking. In the cognitive theories of learning module and example was given to support the idea of building on prior knowledge. Children learning how to spell must know how to combine letters and sounds first before they can actually spell a word. As a teacher and student, I want to continue to build on my knowledge. Foundations of learning should be developed early on in a student’s education. It is then up to their teachers to...
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