Learning Activity 2.2Learning & Learning Difficulties
Looking at Learning Theories briefly in my 7407 I must admit that I didn't have an awful lot of time for it as I was very much on a steep learning curve, having only being in my teaching post for a few months. On revisiting this area in a greater detail for Stage 3, I still approached the topic with trepidation…the textbooks I was referring to were a bit hard going. The classroom session with Julie managed to sort the wood from the trees and I developed a better understanding of less familiar theorists (Dewey, Gagne) and explored Piaget a lot more.
I have outlined in my assignment which theorists I feel I can relate to with my e2e teaching. The humanistic approach, where the teacher pays a lot of attention to creating a comfortable learning environment is very e2e. I provide breakfast for monday morning sessions, sweets and drinks for other sessions and as a result, student participation improves.
I am a big believer in the incentivising of learning (Days out based on regular attendance in formal sessions) and know I can't preach to teenagers. This is why taking a role as a facilitator to learning gets a better level of interest from my students than more traditional, formal methods. The students are regularly involved in evaluating their course with Connexions and set their own learning targets which further increases this sense of student autonomy.
I do include behaviourism to a lesser extent, particularly the modification of student behaviour. Rather than focus my attention on poor behaviour from individuals, I make sure that the compliant students are praised and reinforce this via incentive schemes and cash bonuses.