Learning Theories and Effective Classroom Design

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Learning Theories and Effective Curriculum Design Arlinda Hairston Walden University Pam Fitzgerald Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment EDUC -6640 March 3, 2012 paper ID: 233289042 author: Hairston, Arlinda 40% Similarity score Learning Theories and Effective Curriculum Design Teaching 21st century learners requires the use of multiple methods to meet learning goals and differentiation of instruction for varied learning styles. According to (Marzano, 2010) teachers are responsible for utilizing several learning theories to keep students engaged and motivated (Marazona, 2010). Teachers integrate their knowledge of how students develop and learn and recognize that learning is not” one dimensional” (NBPTS, Para 4, p.2). Formulating a and implementing a theory of learning will help teachers capitalize on student’s strengths and experiences as well as using their own experience in the classroom to focus on ways to build on student’s academic abilities. Teachers need direction in order to meet academic proficiencies and to keep student’s interest (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010). After exploring several learning theories and strategies, my own teaching practices are most often modeled by several strategies and learning theories. The Constructivism Theory resonates in some of the techniques I am using in the classroom. Reflecting on student activities and the design my lessons ; I find students are most often engaged in learning activities that are student driven and lead to students constructing their own conclusions. Student often work at stations and learn through team building and planned movement. In order to facilitate student learning; I often use a pedagogy of strategies which helps student learners meet academic goals. In developing lessons, I support the findings by Bruner that emphasizes the

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