Why Is Phonological Awareness Important

Why Is Phonological Awareness Important

Literacy is the comprehension and decoding of the written language; phonological awareness is a foundational skill to become literate. Phonological awareness is vital to the foundation for reading success; it is a prerequisite skill to literacy. Researchers show that poor reading and spelling development can be predicted by how a child struggles or comprehends phonological…

What Are Text Features

What Are Text Features

Text features are valuable teaching tools to help learners understand and improve their text comprehension. Readers will easily ignore text features if they weren’t taught the importance and value of using text features for reading and learning. What Is A Text Feature? Text features help readers better understand the content in the main body of…

Piaget Stages – The Development Of Intelligence and Reason

Piaget Stages – The Development Of Intelligence and Reason

If you think that your child’s brain works differently than yours, then you agree with Jean Piaget, a Swiss developmental psychologist of the early 20th century. Although famous for his groundbreaking theory of cognitive development in 1936, Piaget’s career began as a teen; he was 11 years old when he published his first research paper…

The Vygotsky Theory Explained

The Vygotsky Theory Explained

Lev Vygotsky believed teachers could control many factors in an education environment. Vygotsky proposed with his unique theory on social learning that learning occurred through social interaction in a social environment. What Is Vygotsky’s Theory? Also known as the “Mozart of Psychology, ” Russian teacher and psychologist Lev Vygotsky contributed significantly to child development and…

Law of Large Numbers In Theory and Real Life

Law of Large Numbers In Theory and Real Life

Is the law of large numbers only used in statistics and mathematics? What is the law of large numbers and how does it relate to coin flips, the gambler’s fallacy, insurance, and AI? What Is The Law Of Large Numbers?  According to the Law Of Large Numbers, in statistics and probability theory, the average result…

What Is Metacognition

What Is Metacognition

Have you ever thought about how you think and learn? It’s called metacognition. Metacognitive strategies help students regulate, evaluate and modify learning strategies to become better learners. Teaching metacognition in the classroom can help students develop metacognition strategies for improved learning and perform particular tasks.   Let’s delve further into what is metacognition, and how…

Erikson Stages

Erikson Stages

Ever have an identity crisis? You aren’t alone. Dr. Erikson would say everyone has had multiple over the course of their lifetimes. Erik Erikson believed personality developed in stages throughout a person’s lifespan; in each stage, a person faces a crisis they need to resolve to develop the psychological quality for that development stage.   Who…

What Is Rote Learning And Why Is It Controversial?

What Is Rote Learning And Why Is It Controversial?

Do teachers still use rote learning today, or is it an obsolete and no longer an effective learning method? Rote learning is a learning process based-on repetition. Examples of rote learning are memorizing basic concepts like numbers, the alphabet, or multiplication tables. High school students need to have learned the periodic table, and copywriting students…

Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

The way the brain processes information helps instructors understand how to use multimedia learning more effectively. Dual channels, limited capacity, and active processing are three assumptions Richard E. Mayer, professor of psychology at the University of California, based his cognitive theory of multimedia learning on. Mayer has authored over 500 publications, including 30 books. In…

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

Can an effect be accurately linked to a cause or a list of causes? How predictable or unpredictable is the weather and weather forecasts? In the 1960s, MIT meteorology professor Edward Lorenz was convinced computers could accurately forecast the weather conditions. If they can predict the trajectory of planets in the solar system, why not…

Information Processing Theory

Information Processing Theory

You have heard the saying that your brain is like a computer. Many may agree, but some would disagree, stating that you cannot compare the two because a human brain can do things computers cannot, like experiencing emotions. Computers that break can be fixed by replacing the parts; a human’s brain is not that easy…

Occam’s Razor

Occam’s Razor

One of the most influential thinkers of the Middle Ages was English Franciscan friar and philosopher William of Ockham. Ockham was the village in the English county of Surrey, where he was born. By misspelling Ockham, his theory became known as Occam’s Razor. It is also called Ockham’s Razor, Law of Economy, and the Law…

Operant Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

Operant conditioning is something to be observed in most areas of a growing child’s life, as well as in the adult world. It has been widely applied in human behavior modification processes using reinforcement techniques. A student that receives a positive response from the teacher may become encouraged to repeat the behavior. The opposite is…

Deontological Ethics By Kant

Deontological Ethics By Kant

What makes an action right or wrong? Do the consequences of your actions matter?  Is it allowable to act morally wrong, yet achieving good consequences? Are there situations where it is okay to against what human nature deems right or wrong?  Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, addressed these questions in his deontological ethics theory. Deontology…

Social Learning Theory Explained

Social Learning Theory Explained

It’s common knowledge that kids often mimic adults and peers. Parents have been delighted but also embarrassed when their kiddo modeled their behavior in public. Social learning theorists have proposed various theories about the complexity of learning. Psychologist Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory expanded on the available learning theories of the time. He believed the…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The name Abraham Maslow is one of the first names that come to mind when discussing what motivates human behavior. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was introduced over 70 years ago. He published the article “A Theory of Human Motivation” in the Psychological Review in 1943. Quick Explanation of the Theory Maslow was a humanist psychologist…

Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs – Free Classroom Chart

Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs – Free Classroom Chart

The below ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs’ chart is published under Creative Commons. Feel free to share on your own blog, school site or social network. Over sixty years ago, our dear friend Benjamin Bloom chaired the committee of educators responsible for delivering what we all know today as Bloom’s Taxonomy (a bit rich naming it after himself, but it does have…

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