Learning Is An Effective Learner Essay

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Learning is, for me, a continuous journey that is always changing. It creates personal and memorable experiences that allows me to come away a better person than I was the day before. Learning has enabled me to discover myself as an individual and recognise my strengths and weaknesses which I continue to build on each day.

The readings I have chosen, explore a different way of learning and a strategy to become an effective learner. The first reading by Khan (2012) explores Cottrell’s strategy of ‘C.R.E.A.M’ and how using all five components enables you to be an efficient and successful learner. I was interested in how this would be implemented to all children within the classroom setting, especially as all five strands are diverse. The second reading I have chosen to explore is ‘The valuing out-of-classroom learning’ (Catling, in Cremin & Barnes, 2014) which explores the significance of using other environments to develop knowledge and understanding. This particular reading excited me as I enjoy working outdoors but did not get many opportunities to experience this during my time as a primary school pupil. However, since completing work experience in various schools, I have recognised the popularity of outdoor learning for children of primary age and wanted to further my understanding and knowledge of this different way of learning.

The C.R.E.A.M system encourages and promotes you, as a learner, to “apply strategy” (Cottrell 2003). This is based off five components which
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