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learner development

INTASC Standard #1: Learner Development

The teacher understands how leaners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually.


Rationale & Disposition Statement

Teachers can help individual students retain knowledge by explaining metacognition - the knowledge students have about their own learning process. The more students understand about their learning process for encoding information, the more successful they will be in understanding and using learned information. This includes the student’s regulation of cognition: planning, regulation, and evaluation.


Students need to organize information and actively learn by activating prior knowledge, participating in guided questioning, and engage in deep-processing of the central information in order to encode complex information. Students must be guided to access prior knowledge and comprehend the meaning of concept for memory to improve. Rehearsal and images can help with both simple and complex forms of learning as processing become more automatic. Teachers must provide well organized materials that can are meaning-oriented and link new information to previously learned material (Jensen, 2008). 



Jensen, E. (2008). Brain-based learning: The new paradigm of teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Corwin Press.


Application of Standard

I have used the concept of metacognition and brain-based learning throughout my curriculum planning. Students develop ownership of their own learning when they understand the relevancy of the topic and how they pesonally learn the information. When students' physical and emotional needs are met they are better able to focus to process and retain information. PSY 511 was an influential course in developing my understanding of the importance of the physical learning space and the emotional atomosphere of the classroom.


Explaination of Artifacts

Artifact #1

This presentation was used to explain the importance of metacognitive awareness in a staff meeting.


Artifact #2

This curriculum was revised in PSY 511 to address brain-based learning needs including the physical learning space and emotional security of the learning space.


Artifact #3

At the 2014 Learning & The Brain Conference, I learned about how the brain intakes, processes, connects, and outputs inforamtion. We used 3D puzzle piece, models of the human brain to assoicate the function with the part of the brain. I now use this process in my classes to help students develop an understanding of how their own thinking process operates.


Artifact #1

PSY 511

Artifact #2

PSY 511

Artifact #3

Learning & The Brain 2014

Pre-Conference Workshop

The Building Blocks of Creative Thinking: Applications to the Common Core

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