After reading and studying the different learning theories and learning styles, it was brought to my attention that I learn many different ways. I have a multimodal way of learning, meaning that I have to use kinesthetic, read/write, aural, and visual strategies.
Using more than one strategy usually works best! Knowing this, my learning stretches across different learning theories as well. I feel as if I may dip into a little bit of all the learning theories based on different situations and also my mood. My students show the same energy at times. In order to keep their engagement, you have to know your students and feel their energy and think, “How will my students learn best?”
Technology plays a huge part in my learning and teaching. Teachers need to keep abreast of the new technologies and instructional strategies using apps on iPads, for example. When performing research, I have to teach my students how to research correctly using the internet and making them aware of situations that could arise. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use technology. I use it to keep grades and attendance, keep records, and analyze data. I often find different ways to engage my students and use technology to raise the rigor of the curriculum.
There’s so much to learning and teaching than meets the eye. Those who aren’t in the education field find it hard to believe that it’s a difficult job. It’s not for everybody! But for those who want to argue, I simply take off my shoes and tell them, “Here, put these on!”