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Theories, Models and CurriculumLaPordia TerrellWalden UniversityEDUC-6640-2/EDUC-6640J-2-Dsgn Curric Instr & AssmntDr. BurrageMy theory of learning is about building relationships with my students. I truly believe
that as you build your curriculum you must include time to build relationships with your students. This means learning important information about them. I try to find out if they play PopWarner Football, cheer, gymnastics, play basketball, soccer, or baseball. Once I gather this information I attend games and ask them about their games. This shows that I am interested in them beyond the classroom. Once you have that bond with your students they will work hard for you. Since I have put this theory into action, my kids test scores have increased tremendously, their confidence has risen tremendously and the parental involvement in my classroom has been amazing. My parents see the efforts that are being made by me and they are willing to make the same efforts in return at home. You must understand the child that you are going to be teaching. Children can sense the teachers that genuinely care about them and their academic success. Children crave praise and love. Once you do that the curriculum will fall into place. The studentswill be eager to learn and receive the information you are teaching them. Now it is your job to plan your great engaging lessons that your students will love. As a teacher I had to realize that my job didn’t end at 3:15. I realized that in the school community where I teach everyone has to stand in the gap for the child. It truly takes a village and I am proud to be apart. The model that I can relate to is the Tyler’s-Ends-Mean Model. I feel like this relates exactly to the theory of learning I have. It states that you have to look at several aspects in order to plan a curriculum. “Tyler suggested that several ends, which he called goals, educational objectives, and purposes, be identified by examining five elements: the learner’s life in the community, subject matter, philosophy and psychology.” (Henson, pg. 158) This simply means that you must first learn about your students before you can even plan a curriculum for those students. This models impacts my professional practice because it solidifies that I am doing the right thing. By building relationships with my students first, Tyler also believed that “the