The Cognitive Science and Learning class has been a challenge, but quite rewarding. Before the beginning of taking this subject, I was quite concerned about the content, and although it has been quite difficult, it has opened my mind.
Through this course, I have discovered how our brain works when we learn. I have also learned different teaching systems, which I think will help me become a better teacher.
But if I had to highlight some topics that have helped me to be a better learner and educator, are:
EVERY PERSON LEARNS DIFFERENT
Each person learns in one way, and what for one student works, for another, it may not. Each student is incredibly different. They come from different backgrounds, and as a consequence, they have different life experiences. In this sense, the social context plays a decisive role.
Therefore, as teachers, we must adapt to our students and not be afraid to change our teaching styles. It does not matter to use a more traditional or innovative methodology, the objective is for our students to learn. Going out into nature to explore and learn how much benefit teachers as many students (Suzuki, 2017). In short, using different learning/teaching styles we make students aware that learning can happen in different ways. Our obligation is to know how students learn in order to use the most appropriate teaching styles.
Thanks to this Cognitive Science and Learning class I have realized that our methods of teaching must be checked continuously to see if they are being effective, and in the case that they are not, adapt them. We must obtain information from our students collaborating with them, and take into account their opinions and interests.
Next, a video is presented where the author talks about learning styles, and how each person learns in a different way:
Cognitive scientists are taking a lot of time for the development of Artificial Intelligence. Thanks to this, the students have been provided with a different range of thinking. Mental representations play a determining role in how human beings perceive the Artificial Intelligence. Therefore, students must use different representations to know how to work with technology.
In this direction, in order for students to be able to use technology in the classroom, teacher training is essential, since this is gradually being implemented in school systems. Artificial Intelligence used as an assistant is a great tool, but from my point of view should never replace teachers.
Thanks to David Perkins’ book “Making Learning Whole” and his seven principles, I discovered that in my own learning process I need to first see the”general picture” of the new learning, to later individually see the different pieces that make up this new concept, so I can make connections for things to make sense to me.
David Perkins gives us insight the bigger picture of learning. We, as teachers, must make meaningful connections to students. If we successfully employ his seven principles, the student body will have valuable experiences, which will help them develop their own learning styles.
The goal of teachers should be for students to establish connections between those experiences with everyday life. Giving students multiple connections gives them the opportunity to apply their own skills (Perkins, 2009).
Here, working in groups and providing valuable feedback to students, will give them the opportunity to hear other opinions and to better themselves.
During this last week, we have been studying an unknown topic for me thus far, Cognitive Illusions.
We have learned that they can occur as a result of different aspects:
- Having different experiences
- Lack of knowledge
- Perceive things in different ways (perspective)
As teachers, we must be aware that due to these peculiarities, students can understand our lessons in very different ways, where the experiences of people and the perspective play a very determining role. Therefore, we must be prepared to provide information to our students in very different ways so that they are able to acquire new concepts.
After the last 7 weeks, I can say that I have learned beyond what I expected. I am currently not working as a teacher, but I have learned concepts and techniques that I am sure will help me in the future.
To be honest, I am eager to use these strategies with my students. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Mary Mills for all her involvement during the course of this class. In addition to providing valuable feedbacks, she has personally helped me to improve my projects, as well as offering her help to the students at all times. I have learned a lot from her, and I hope to achieve this complicity with my students in the future. Definitely, she is an example to be emulated.
Marshik, T. (2015). Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection Tesia Marshik / TedxUWLaCrosse. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=855Now8h5Rs
Perkins, D. N. (2009). Making learning whole: How seven principles of teaching can transform education. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass.
Suzuki. (2017). Why learning outside in nature Is good for teachers and students. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-suzuki/learning-in-nature_b_5832514.html