Revisit your previous logs and blogs. 

Assess how your perspectives on learning and teaching have become reinforced or revised.  Cite how specific theories are relevant. 

Describe how the activities (discussions, blogs, etc) have facilitated (or hampered) the evolution of your perspectives on learning and teaching.

How have my perspectives changed (or been affirmed)? 

What views do I continue to weigh? 

What reasons push me to ponder about my views?

What good reasons may there be to justify the shifts in my perspectives?

Can I support my claim that I am evolving into a better learner? a better teacher?  

What THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES UNDERPIN in my perspectives, old and new?

How do my views reflect on my PERSONAL EPISTEMOLOGICAL THEORIES–i.e., my personal beliefs about the nature of knowledge and knowledge acquisition?

Although I wasn’t able to keep my journal and forum post updated, I was able to go through the modules and read through post from other participants from time to time. There are instances wherein I would have a discussion with myself with what I’ve read – I’m more into verbal discussion than in written form. How I wish have more time to go through the whole topics and have a more in-depth analysis of the concepts – Yes, I need to learn to self-regulate more. Going through my post, I’ve realized that I did learn a lot from this subject. I was able to answer the questions on my own despite the fact that I’ve read the module months/weeks ago. At the beginning of the semester, the questions provided was nerve racking since I’m not used to the terms used and I’m not familiar with the theories. As weeks gone by I eventually understood the concepts and was able to answer the questions with sense.

Going through the module and applying it in my current work was amazing. I came to understand the students more. Working with teachers who are the profession for years was also beneficial. After gaining knowledge from this subject, all of a sudden their action made sense to me. Why they would tackle certain things differently – especially since I grew up with the traditional method. It also gave me more understanding that there are other means of teaching the lesson – it doesn’t have to be a one size fit all system.

It was nice to affirm that what I’m doing inside the classroom falls into best practice. Prior to venturing into teaching my knowledge on the profession was limited and most of the time I would second guess myself. Going through the concepts gave me confidence and motivation to improve my craft.

The theories that mean more to me are multiple intelligence, cognitive learning theory and behavioral theory. I really enjoyed reading through it. It gave meaning to why educational psychology is important. Watching the Bandura’s Bobo doll experiment was remarkable! Thank you for including it in the module. I think part of the teacher’s job is to manage classroom behavior. To get the student’s attention, it’s not about how loud your voice is. It’s more of how you phrase it and the manner of how you execute it. Working in an international school, I’ve realized that no matter what ethnicity and economic status the student belongs to, they are still kids. I’ve noticed that majority of the teachers lack the skill of managing the class behavior. I’m grateful for being exposed to the traditional method of teaching during my school years because I was able to see what works and what doesn’t.  Going through the theories, it made me realize that there are other factors in learning. It’s not just about the subject content. The teacher should take in consideration of other things like teaching method, importance of getting the student’s attention, and more.

Taking the professional teaching certificate program is helping me to be a better learner as well as a becoming a better teacher. Being able to study and reflect with one’s teaching is very beneficial. My current work is also a venue for me to learn. I think all teachers have the same goal – to help students learn. An intervention to this goal is to recognize that not all students are the same. We teachers need to learn how to cater to different methods of teaching.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mentor, Ms. Marilou Juachon (T. Malou). Thank you for your guidance and patience with my queries (my numerous emails). I really appreciate the time and effort you gave us. I almost gave up the other day because I can’t finish my requirements – I was almost sold to the idea of taking the subject again just to submit my posts but after receiving your email – giving us another chance, it motivated me to stay all night just to finish my work. So thank you very much.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Learning Styles

Module 3: Motivation

Module 4: Intelligence

Module 5: Behavioral Theories

Module 6: Social Learning

Module 7: Cognitive Theories

Module 8: Constructivist Theories

Module 9: Complex Learning