EDS 103 Finals Part 2
Learning has never been so freeing until now. This course has greatly widened my view on the theories of learning. From behaviorism and social theories, where the environment, including people and things, influence the behavior of the learner; to the cognitive, where the mind acts like a computer and how we process information cognitively, affect what we absorb and deliver. Up to the theory of constructivism wherein creation of something new is the output, whether knowledge is acquired cognitively or socially. However we receive information, I am amazed at how we, humans, try to learn everything about us and our world from so many different angles.
In addition, theorists have their various epistemological explanations as to why they came up with such learning theories. Some by accident, like Pavlov , while others because of interest and honest search for truth, like Thorndike and Piaget. Their knowledge of interrelated concepts about learning has paved the way as to why we learn, and how we learn, what we learn.
Furthermore, I could say that my learning style influence my teaching style. My beliefs as to the control, speed, interrelationships and progression of knowledge would greatly affect the facts I relay to my student. Particularly to my children because we are homeschooling. In reality we are somehow the same in our venue of learning. Distance learning.
My boys are enrolled in Homeschool Global of CCF (Christ’s Commission Fellowship ). As their parent- teacher we are partly guided by our family counselors who themselves are parent-teachers for almost seventeen years. They coach us in choosing the most appropriate textbooks and resources ( websites and apps, activities and collaborative groups) for our children. While bound by the requirements of our country’s DepEd, we have the freedom to move alongside the pace of our kids’ learning. We are not limited to the ten-month compulsory time frame like in a conventional school. We can design our curriculum that is individually fit for them. And most amazingly, our kids can create their own portfolio according to how they understood a particular lesson (their favorite lesson or the one with the most impact for them) in each subject. They are given the opportunity to present it orally, or in demonstration or with the use of technology, to our family counselor at the end of every quarter. In homeschool, every waking moment is an opportunity to learn,be it academic or life skills. Discourse and creativity is encouraged always.
As an open university student myself, I have come to move on my own pace while guided by the given duration of my professor. However, unlike my boys who get to collaborate with other homeschool kids, it was quite hard for me to collaborate on a project that could accommodate my and others’ available time. Despite the effort to consider group mates, it was easier for me to work alone on an assignments due to time constraints.
I also want to say that through this subject I have learned to be calm while teaching my boys, because now I understand their different learning styles better. Their age and motivation affect the way they try to understand concepts. My feedback and reactions to their output and even attitude, drive them to either learn more or give up. Their problem solving skills are of different levels too. They each have their own learning pace.
In all these I just want to be thankful that my coaching and guidance to my children will continue to fan their flame to learn, and more so that they will be engaged to apply their learning in the real world. That their knowledge will always be centered in Christ, and guided by the His values and the faith that we model to them.