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Prompt 1: Learning Theories: Using The Learning Theorists

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Prompt 1: Learning Theories: Using the learning theorists we have discussed--Piaget, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, and/or Erikson--Explain the behaviors, actions, learning, etc. that you see in your classroom. For example: A la Vygotsky, you might observe the classroom interactions for evidence of how you or a peer or the teacher provided enough scaffolding to improve a child’s performance. Or, you might describe a child according to Piaget’s stages of intellectual development or Erikson’s Psychosocial development. Be specific and provide examples. Between January 18 and January 25, I was able to observe Mrs. Warnslings’s 2nd grade classroom. Mrs. Warnsling’s class is at Silas Willard Elementary school. Mrs. Warnsling and her children have helped…show more content…
She would break people up into small groups or work individually with them. In the back of the room on the board were different goals for the week. If they were able to reach their goals at the end of the week, then they would receive a prize. I questioned her about these goals and she told me that the children had come up with them on their own. I think her teaching style reflects Piaget’s constructivism theory, defined by Omrod (2014) as “learners actively construct (rather than passively absorb) knowledge from their experiences” (p. 27). Since these students were “actively constructing” and doing their by pulling in from their own experiences (such as creating their own goals or working on their own projects), they were able to gain more knowledge from the activities. Mrs. Warnsling was a middle-aged woman. She always wore casual outfits, and had a very calm yet authoritative way about her. I think this created a good balance of the children respecting her yet also admiring her. I also enjoyed her sarcasm toward the children. She was constantly joking around with them. An example of this was when a student was telling her how great of a cook he was. Mrs. Warnsling said “if you are so great of a cook, you should come to my house and cook dinner!” The student freaked out at the thought of going to a teacher’s house for dinner, not realizing that it was a joke. I think this could relate to
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