Hello family and friends! This week I will be detailing all that learned about educational psychology this week!
On Monday, we began class with trying to recall a model about information processing. When we were instructed to go to the boards and draw the model, I blanked. I swore that I had never seen that model before. However, when the model was put up on the screen for the whole class to see, I know that I have seen it before. It was amazing to see how my brain works! And after the whole class was able to see the diagram, I was able to go back to the board and draw it perfectly. Through this exercise, the material was in my short term memory and then went into my long term.
2. How I Study Best
This exercise allowed me to recognize how I study best. I can’t remember information simply by just looking at, maybe some people can. The best way for me to recall information is to practice by writing the information with my hands. I realized that I needed to study more by writing my notes out more on a whiteboard. I’m not an auditory learner so it’s important for me to take notes during lectures so that I can remember that information better.
3. Asking Questions
Along with recognizing how I study best, I realized that it’s okay to ask questions. This sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s hard for me to ask questions because I don’t want to sound dumb. However, if I don’t ask the question, I’ll never know the answer. And I go to college to learn, so asking questions is essential!
4. Piaget 5-7 Shift
During this week, I got more clarification on the 5-7 shift that occurs during that age. Piaget’s stages of development has four stages. The big factor that determines these stages is age. The stages that I’ll be talking about is preoperational stage and concrete operational stage. The preoperational stage is for ages around 2 to 7 years. And concrete operational is for 7 to eleven years. However, between these two ages, 5 to 7, and shift of development occurs. Children during this shift change from preoperational which is when children’s logic isn’t right, and to concrete operational where children learn by seeing and doing. In this age, children learn more about concepts through seeing and touching. This way children understand the world better.
5. Transfer of Learning
Another important lesson I learned this week is what transfer of learning means. This is a very important concept for educators to understand because school is not about having students recall facts. While learning and remembering certain things is important, teachers strive to facilitate meaning when learning. When students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to life outside of school, those children are more likely to remember that information. Transfer of learning is about going beyond factual recall. Education for students means that the students create meaning and their own learning.
Thanks for reading!