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    Nov 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's extremely helpful in learning how child psychology works for education majors. We used different ways of demonstrating different psychological theories (role play, presentations, Kahoot, Prezzi). The reading was not too heavy, and we discussed it in class, which was beneficial, especially since we had quizzes and papers where we needed to know the different developmental theories (such as Piaget, scaffolding, theory of mind, etc.). Some of the topics we discussed really opened up discussion since we talked about things that are not necessarily easy, such as race, gender diversity, and cultures, and our professor discussed how to be inclusive for all of our students.

    Course highlights:

    Although this seems like a psychology course at first, it's so much more. We did expand upon Piaget and how he compared to Vygotsky in terms of their developmental theories and how they were discovered, but we also established whether they were reliable or not. We learned different methods of treating our students and how we can structure our own classes--should we use a rewards system? What kind of encouragement and punishment works best? Not only did we discuss the different classroom management styles, but we had presentations on it that used class involvement and literally showed the pros and cons of the styles of management. There are blogs that we have to do, but she only required 10 of them, and they were all ones that we were able to use from our other classes that required blogs. We have a final case study essay, as well, but there was plenty of feedback and helpful comments in order for us to do well on it.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you actually do the readings since the quizzes are not found online and use questions directly from the book. There are no due dates on the blog, as long as they're finished by the end of the semester, but getting them done early is helpful since they have to include some theories that we learned.

    • Fall 2016
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