Jean Piaget’s theory is a great teaching method. His approach is moral development. Morality is our ability to learn the difference between right or wrong and understand how to make the right choices. As with other facets of development, morality doesn’t form independently. Children’s experiences at home, the environment around them, and their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills influence their developing sense of right vs. wrong. School, plays an important role in forming moral concepts.
Children are influenced by the ideas of the good and the bad behavior as a result of their relationship with peers and teachers. Piaget suggested that teachers take an active, mentoring role toward students. Instead of throwing the information at students while they listen quietly, teach it to them in a way they will be actively engaged in the lesson. Increase hands-on activities that will increase the momentum in your classroom.
Encourage students to learn from their peers. Learning to listen thoughtfully and sensitively to their peers and respect a variety of different viewpoints will provide lifelong benefits for your students. Different students excel in different areas of knowledge, if one student is stronger at a specific subject she can teach the weaker student.
Learning from peers provides a thorough education. Allow students to learn from their mistakes. Piaget believed that children develop knowledge about the world through trial and error. Mistakes can be frustrating for the students as well as the teacher, but try to model patience and guide the student toward a different conclusion. Mistakes show that the student is actively interacting with the world around her and trying out new ideas for herself. Respect each student’s individual interests, abilities and limits. Different children reach developmental stages at different times. Rather than pressuring every child to adapt to one learning style, pay attention to each child’s developmental stages and adapt the lessons accordingly.
Piaget encouraged independent, hands-on learning and opportunities for discovery. Plan a variety of classroom activities that accommodate different learning styles, such as visual or auditory. (Sally Murphy) In my experience, I clearly see that when my students are learning via hands on they are a lot more in tuned and focused to the lesson. I also do a lot of peer activities, I find when children do work in peers they get to socialize while coming up with creative answers. Albert Bandura’s theory on social learning is simple –people learn from one another, either by imitation, modeling or observance.
Social learning at its basic level is when peers interact with each other’s. When using Bandura’s social learning theory in a classroom it can help students reach their full potential. Students do not only imitate friends they also imitate teachers. Therefore, as a teacher it’s your responsibility to be a good role model.
If a teacher teaches the class the importance of respecting another classmate and models to them what it’s like to be made fun of the students will model such behavior. Group work is another way I will apply Bandura’s social learning theory. Having myself choose the groups can allow for a variety of students in each to be diverse. If there is a good student who is motivated and responsible and a student who does not care about school in the same group, then according to Bandura they will imitate each other. With these students in the same group, I would hope that the better student will be able to influence the other student imitate while acquire responsibility and motivation. I can help this my making sure all members of the group need to participate.
Being a passionate teacher can help spread my passion to the students as well. I want the students to leave my classroom with a bigger passion for math than what they came in with. I would like to hear more about being a good model and activities that can encourage more group work. Problems with Constructivism.
Based on constructivism psychological theories, generally speaking, constructivist teaching (sometimes also called discovery learning) is an instruction method different from traditional teaching. Constructivist teaching is typically student-centered discovery learning instead of teacher-based “facts” dissemination. The primary difference is that in constructivist teaching, students participate in hands-on activities and extended to acquire or construct their own knowledge. The biggest disadvantage is its lack of structure. Some students require highly structured environments in order to be able to excel.
Constructivism calls for the teacher to discard standardized curriculum in favor or a more personalized course of study based on what the student already knows. This could lead some students to fall behind of others. It also removes grading in the traditional way and instead places more value on students evaluating their own progress, which may lead to students falling behind but without standardized grading and evaluations teachers may not know that the student is struggling.
Children thrive on direction. Lack of instruction often leads to frustration which sometimes gives students the idea that something is wrong with them. “Why can’t I figure this out? Why is this so hard for me to learn? Why do I need a tutor to explain what my teacher should be teaching me?” Students who feel so inept, discouraged, and lacking in prerequisite skills not only are miserable within themselves, but they also slow down the pace of the entire classroom.
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