Cognitive Learning Skills and It’s Classroom Applications

As much as our minds may reflect on the classroom as the chalk-filled dungeon of our youth with a crotchety old teacher reprimandingImage our punctuation mistakes and giving us detention, this idea of the traditional classroom is being cast aside as the classroom is evolving into an up-to-date learning center. With all the research and advancements that have gone into our youth and the way they operate, school systems our doing everything in their power to build curriculum based upon these new research conclusions. The study of cognitive thinking has taking the reins in youth development allowing educators to fully understand the needs of the individual student. It’s safe to admit that the classrooms of yesteryear were filled with professors whose lack of foresight, labeled a student as insufficient if they didn’t retain information in the manner in which it was given. In the modern classroom, cognitive ideas such as concepts, analogies and learning styles allow professors to figure out better ways to get through to individual students.

To this stage in my life, I have not yet had the privilege of attaining a classroom or a class to call my own. My ideas of cognitive thinking is merely an expose into the future and a personal reflection onto the ways in which I feel my students will benefit the most based upon the thoughts and ideologies I have gathered through my studies. The premise of concepts, in regards to our teachings in class, was a relatively new idea to me. Using the premise of concepts and the usage of them to build the incredible structure of actual learning is a key component to any class room . My main focus in my future classroom will be to emphasize the learning in the beginning of the class period. Usually the first few weeks or months (depending on the length of the academic calendar) is used to set the foundation. Setting this foundation is key. I will focus my teachings on ensuring that students can grasp the foundation so that future application and logic will be more easily retained.

In the first few weeks of our class, the things that has made me feel most accomplished or proudest of is the fact that using analogies is an established teaching tool of the teaching world. Analogies are something that I often use in my everyday life. I use them throughout every walk of life, whether it be helping a friend with advice on life or offering a tidbit of help to a coworker. I have always felt that the use of analogies is a more concise way to build concepts in such a way that is easier for the listener to understand. It makes a potentially difficult theory more easily understood and more relatable. I found it inspiring and fulfilling to have the premonition to already be using analogies constantly and then to find out that it is a learned tool by teachers every where.

Establishing concepts and incorporating analogies are distinct cognitive learning skills that are being seen more in classrooms. Teachers are mixing these ideologies, sprinkling in new findings on student’s learning styles, adding a dash of technology and creating a more intimate, personalized curriculum for the student. Rather than having an umbrella-style curriculum that may only benefit a third of the class, teachers are finding ways, through cognitive skills to reach more and more students through different teaching techniques. As a future educators, i can not be happier at the evolution the classroom is undergoing and I am happy to aid in the removal of all those crotchety teachers and dusty classrooms.

Below is a useful supplementary link that you may find interesting. It looks at the way the adolescent brain works and how it compares to the thoughts and decisions of an adult:

http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_jayne_blakemore_the_mysterious_workings_of_the_adolescent_brain.html 

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