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…

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…

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…

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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