Module 2 Objectives
To complete this module, please read the Overview, review the Readings, complete the Assignments, and review the Evaluation questions.
During this module, you will:
- Examine different learning and teaching styles
- Learn about different teaching philosophies and view examples
- Draft your own statement of teaching philosophy
Module 2 Overview
Being the teacher you want to be starts with understanding how your students learn and establishing your own classroom persona. By identifying your style before you begin teaching, you will be able to approach your first classroom with more confidence.
As we examine different learning and teaching styles, keep in mind that there is not one correct method. Different teachers take different approaches in the classroom. What is most important is to identify your own style and strengths.
Module 2 Readings
- Learning Theories: Overview of many different theories. http://www.learning-theories.com/
- Applying the Theory of Reflective Practice to the Learner and the Teacher: Perspective of a Graduate Student. By: Robinson, Evan T. et al.
- Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. By Chickering, Arthur and Zelda Gamson.
- Portfolio Preparation through CoAT https://www3.acs.ncsu.edu/gsoars/Online_Teaching_Portfolio/page_01.php
Module 2 Assignments
Discover your own learning style
Complete the following inventories and be ready to discuss what you learned. Share with the group your results for both inventories.
- Learning Style Inventory: Take the quiz to discover your learning style (Auditory, Visual, or Tactile). This inventory can be used with your students too!
- VARK learning styles: This inventory divides styles into 5 categories (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, Kinesthetic, Multimodal). Again, good for use with your students. http://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/
Draft your teaching philosophy
Prepare an initial draft of your philosophy of teaching or share your current statement. Share your draft and participate in peer review. Revise your statement of teaching philosophy two more times: after observing, and after teaching for one semester
One tip to get started is to write: “The teacher I want to be…”
Module 2 Evaluation
- What concerns do you have about different learning styles?
- How do you expect to apply your knowledge of learning styles to your teaching?
- What additional information do you need?