The Joy of Learning
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, (to) learn is defined as “to gain knowledge, understanding or skill by study or exposure.” However, this is just a definition and does not give the true meaning of the word. It can not describe the true joy of finally learning and understanding something that has proven difficult. I believe that feeling can be facilitated with a teacher who understand those emotions. I have known teachers who truly portray their love for the art of teaching through their awareness of those special emotions and by allowing those emotions to work for them.
This concept of facilitated learning has been widely discussed in theories. Some of the more popular theories include the behavioral and cognitive learning theories. The theory I will most likely follow once I am in my own classroom will be the cognitive learning theory. The cognitive learning theory is characterized by the focus on covert activities of the mind rather than on overt behaviors like the behavior learning theory. According to Becoming A Teacher In A Field-Based Setting, cognitivists define knowledge as organized sets of mental structures and procedures and learning as the change in these mental structures brought about through mental reasoning. Students do not merely receive information-they construct knowledge by incorporating new information into existing knowledge.
I think the cognitivist that most reflects my philosophy is Jean Piaget. His stages of cognitive development are very interesting. It is motivating for a pre-service teacher like me to be able to identify with these stages. Although I have not yet has field experiences, these cognitive development stages hold true for my own experiences with learning and school. As I hope to teach French or Theatre in either junior high or high school, I can expect for most of my students to be in the formal operational or at least in a transition from the concrete operational to the formal operational.
One other of Piaget’s ideas that I think that will be relevant to my teaching is his...