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In this Reflective Portfolio Activity, I am going to characterize my pedagogical philosophy.My pedagogy refers to the way in which I construct lesson plans, deliver instruction, evaluatestudent learning gains, and the strategies I include in my best practices of teaching. I havereviewed my first Reflective Portfolio Activity so that I have a complete concept of both‘teaching and learning’ in my reflection.To start, I define teaching as a process. I have learned thatTeachingis fundamentally aprocess, including planning, implementation, evaluation and revision. Planning and teachinga class are familiar ideas to most instructors. More overlooked are the steps of evaluation andrevision. Without classroom assessments or some other means of receiving feedback on aregular basis, it is surprisingly easy to misunderstand whether a particular teaching method orstrategy has been effective. I believe that a teacher can create an environment of mutual trustand respect by relying on students for feedback -- students can be a valuable resource forverifying whether the class pedagogy is (or isn't) working. Self-examination with feedbackfrom our students and the instructor are key to improving our teaching.Learning,according to Schunk(2012), is the process of acquiring and changing information,skills, strategies, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Although my definition primarily focusedon the acquisition of knowledge and not the use of such acquired knowledge, this definition ismuch wider. It also focuses on the evolution of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. He alsodescribes learning as a long-term change in behavior, or in one's ability to behave in a certainway, that results from practice or other types of experience. This gives learning a muchbroader definition. Learning is one of the factors that lead to long-term positive changes instudents. Learning also has three dimensions: change, persistence, and experience.

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Term
Spring
Professor
Greg Denlea
Tags
Schunk, Science of Learning, Learning Research

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