Learning Theory, Motivation, Assessments, Grading, And Teaching Strategies

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“Students who had three high quality teachers in a row were way ahead of peers who spent one or more years with less competent teachers” (Woolfolk, p.23). This is just one of the many statistics that exemplifies how important the quality of teachers is to the education system. The major topics that I will address in this paper are development, learning theory, motivation, assessments, grading, and teaching strategies.
Woolfolk discusses two different theories of cognitive development, Piaget’s and Vgostsky’s. Piaget’s consisted of grouping the events into three different categories: organization, adaption, and equilibrium. The first one is organization; he believed that humans are born with the ability to organize their thinking processes into schemas or categories (Woolfolk, p.43). Secondly, adaption occurred through two basic processes: assimilation and accommodation (Woolfolk, p.43). Assimilation is the concept of fitting new information into existing schemes and accommodation is changing existing schemas or creating new ones (Woolfolk, p.44). Lastly, a person searches for equilibrium, which is the balance between organizing, assimilating, and accommodating (Woolfolk, p.44).
Piaget also developed four stages of cognitive development: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational (Woolfolk, p.44). The sensorimotor stage usually occurs from birth to about age two and the child begins to develop object permanence and perform goal-directed…

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