Principle of Effective Teaching

Creativity requires a lot of efforts and critical thinking in order for it to be executed perfectly. It should be in a perfect timing. Creativity teaches us that not all things are boring for as long as we are enjoying what we are doing and we are having fun in the process.

Being a creative teacher, one will need to know the difference of their student, their background as well as the level of learning they can absorb and understand and be able to adjust without being centered only to one. Teachers should also be able to choose which will be effective to them. Creativity will help students visualize what they are learning us well as practically practice it. In this way, students learn a lot and the lessons will be retain longer compared to other.

Also, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) will be a lot of help in doing creative teaching and learning.  Through SoTL, effective teaching and students learning will be evident because we discover new ways that will improve our teaching and student learning through reflection and evidence- based models to research.

 

Epistemology

Epistemology is the theory of knowledge which investigates about the nature, sources, limitation and validity of knowledge. In the world of scientific studies, this theory of knowledge can be compared to proving a hypothesis. It needs a thorough investigation in order to determine if a certain hypothesis is true or may be proven to become a theory.  In search for truth and a sound theory, related literature and actual data are needed in order to prove it. It is an unending process in which after theory have been found true, another theory that is related to it will be discovered and also lead to another study that will add substantial information to the first theory. Although, there will be difficulties and failed experiments along the way, advantages and disadvantages will also be encountered. But eventually, in search for knowledge these hardships will be overcome and that hypothesis will be proven true and effective in the end.

Module 7: Successful Learning Journal

In our daily life, everything we do we learn something from scratch to complicated matters. From being a toddler to a child until we reached adulthood. We acquire enormous knowledge in these stages of our life. Same thing happens in a formal education setting, as soon as we step in the four corners of the classroom. It shapes us to be a better individual capable of doing and carrying ourselves in the difficulties of the real world. It equips us to become better individual and is may be one of the factors to our success in life.

How do we know if we truly have learned successfully? In a formal education we follow rules that to be able to pass we need a passing grade. In this process we sometimes tends to memorize what we are learning. But is this really what it means to be a successful learner? I think not. I just remember one of my teacher way back in college. We find her subject quite difficult so she gave us a clue on how we can understand the subject without even memorizing it. She said that we should learned by heart through this we can be able to write it or recite it without difficulties. She values quality of learning not of what we should be memorizing. Memorizing will only last sometime but by truly learning it by heart it can last for a lifetime.

Motivation is also important in successful learning. It makes learning fun as we look forward in learning something new. It makes us to easily understand what we are learning and keeps us going in times we find it difficult to move on and not being able to comprehend what we are learning.

Module 5 : Professional Development

In this world there is nothing permanent except change. As we grow, we constantly absorbed new information around us. We continuously learn inside and outside of school.   Our attitude, knowledge and everything about us changes as we go on in life. Same as in teaching profession. In school, teachers are trained as well as being prepared as they go on in their studies. But as soon as they graduate from school it is up to them on how they will managed to continuously improve what they know to effectively transmit the knowledge they had or what the student needed to learn in school. As a teaching professional, it is the duty of the teacher as well as the school administrator to constantly update their skills and knowledge to be at par with the continuously changing world.

 

Continues Professional Development  (CPD) such as training and seminars will help teachers learn new teaching method and strategies that will help them in their crafts.  Also this professional development may not be as formal as attending seminars and the like but it can also be done by teacher’s own reflection of their teaching, their co-teachers observation and contributions as well as the students assessment in class.  These can be valuable data that can help in teachers development. They can also learn the latest technology so that they can incorporate in their teaching to create a good learning environment for students. Continuous collaboration with colleagues, peer observation and reflection of one’s teacher method and strategies on teaching is also necessary in order for the teachers to effectively teach their student.

Module 6: Journal on Constructivist Theories

From the day we are born, massive knowledge are around us and we actively constructing our understanding of the world. As we grow our mind develop and we perceives things differently at different times or stages in our life. We evolve from a child learning new from our environment to an adult capable of reasoning.  As we mature, we continue to grow and construct knowledge either by adding information to what we already know or by creating new one if it does not fit with the knowledge we already have.

We develop these knowledge by exploring the things around us and finding out what they are meant for. Sometimes, we need help from our peers or to those people/individuals who in one way or another have much knowledge about that certain things we need to find out about.  For example in school we are expose to things that are new to us. As we go along with our schooling our teachers guide us in the things we do not know for us until the time we are ready to do the task on our own.

Same in life, people come and go in our life. Some will left footprints in our hearts. They will eventually teach you something about life either by hurting you, encouraging you or simply by being around us helping us in times of our need. These people are our more knowledgeable others (MKO) who help us in our zone of proximal development (ZPD) turning us to be a better person we can be.

Contemporary Teaching Perspective and Approaches

Teaching is a process of conveying knowledge to others. It is a way of helping others learn new things as well as giving additional knowledge to them. What I learned in this module is that teaching must not be fully centered to teacher centered approaches but must be a collaboration on both side. Teachers should be facilitator to student learning by helping them acquired new knowledge and skills as well as to enhance the talents they already have

Teacher also need to understand and know their student well in order for them to devise or designs their instructional method and materials based on what their student needs. They must also be able to used available resources and think carefully how they will be able to hand over what they know or help student in learning. In learning environment, teachers must be able to catch the students’ interest in order for them to be able to grasp the knowledge you have to teach them.

I remember when I was studying, I do love teacher who in one way or another give examples that is based on their experiences. It catches my attention, makes me remember the topic as well as understands that what she teaches will be useful for me as soon as I graduate from school.

Teaching is not easy because it required a lot of time and effort. It requires a lot of intellectual work and reflection for student to have a fruitful learning environment.

Module 5: Journal on Cognitive Theories of Learning

When I look back to the memories I had as a child learning in school, I could not remember much aside from those memories that made an impact as to what I am today. Those moments when the teachers were teaching us what we did wrong and making us understand it through rewards and punishments. During my childhood, memorizing was easy for me and those made me survive in those times. I was a very active student and reading was my hobby. Observing and watching things make me also remember information because it help me visualize things in times when I need to remember it.  These techniques such as visualization help me remember things especially those matters that interest me.

But growing up, memorizing and retrieving information became difficult and make me wish that I am computer capable of storing lots of information and retrieving it can be done only within seconds. But even computers especially those that have short memory crash and experiencing lagging if so much information is being stored.  It reminds us that even those high technology has its limit, we just need to filter and categorized information that is of value to us and will help us in the future.