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Fundamentals of Pshycological Learning

In the previous module you began to develop your personal teaching philosophy by examining how you teach and why. Building on your work from the previous module, reflect on and respond to the following:

Do you consider yourself to be a constructivist teacher? Explain why you feel the way you do.
Where do your teaching practices "fit" along the constructivist spectrum spanning from radical to conservative?

Do your current teaching practices reflect your views on constructivist-based teaching and learning? Why or why not?

Assignment Expectations

Remember, there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer to your essay. The primary expectations are as follows:

Your essay is to demonstrate careful and deliberate thought toward this topic / question.

Your essay is to be a personal, in-depth, analysis of this topic. NOT merely an objective "cut-and-dry" response.

Your essay is to be written in a clear, organized, and professional manner.

As always, any references used should be properly cited and listed.

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I am certainly a constructivist teacher because I base my teaching methodology upon a belief that learning is contingent upon learners being actively involved in their own process because each individual learner learns differently. Therefore, instead of dictating the learning process without sufficient input and participation from passive learners, I choose to ensure that my students are actively involved in the learning process and represent the makers of meaning and knowledge according to their individual learning styles.

My objective in the classroom is to foster critical thinking and to motivate learners to become independent learners, which represents the tenets of Constructivist teaching. I ...

Solution Summary

The fundamentals of psychological learning are given.