A Week In My Learning: November 25 – December 1

Hello family and friends! Another week means another blog about the takeaways from Educational Psychology.

1.Culture and Education

This week, we began discussing about how culture affects education. It is important to note that culture in this sense does not necessarily mean race or ethnic background. Culture in education is used in the broader sense that culture is who we are around when growing up (family, friends) and what values or rules are in place. The most important aspect to a child’s life is their family. It is from their parents and siblings that they begin to understand the world. The family plays a huge role in the shaping of the child’s pe rception of the world. 

2. How It Has Affected Me

When we began discussing culture and family, we first had to identify who we are and how we learn. This means gender, race, and possibly the learning style. I listed my characteristics but left out my gender and my race. At the time, it didn’t occur to me that my race affected my education. However, after some reflection, my Native American heritage affects my education greatly. My family lives on a Reservation where the education system isn’t the best it could be. So, my parents decided to send me to school outside the reservation. Their actions showed me how important education is, therefore affecting my personality and characteristics. 

3. Language

During class, we were asked to describe something in our head without using words. This was so difficult! I learned how important language is for cognition. It is still debated if to think means cognition, or from cognition comes thinking. The ability to make sounds and communicate ideas is such an important aspect of learning. It’s so essential to education! 

4. Grading

While this wasn’t formally a part of class this week, during an optional class we discussed grading. Dr. Riggle told us how he believes that teachers should grade students. Some teachers expect students to fail and some to excel. Dr. Riggle believes that all students should be able to exceed within the class. He used the example of teaching children to read. The teacher can’t go into work thinking that’s it okay for some students not to learn how to read. All students must learn how to read! I believe that education is different for everyone and teachers must be able to adapt to each student’s abilities.

5. Scaffolding 

Scaffolding is when the teacher builds upon ideas that were taught. I find this very important because children need to be learning new things and with scaffolding that can be done. Teachers must set a good foundation so that all students may build their knowledge off of that. This educational concept can be applied to all ages. The building of knowledge is important regardless of age and the complexity of the subject being taught. 

Thanks for reading!

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