Entry 1: Learner Development
Understanding growth and development patterns of learners across various areas is vital for designing appropriate lessons and student experiences. I believe the best way to understand this development is to monitor and study it over time. The cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas of development specifically can be easily checked by observing the student. These observations can be recorded by video or in writing during a reflection time following class. The important aspect of this process, however, is to compare these observations side by side periodically to recognize growth patterns and identify the teaching methods that nurture specific learning styles best. From here, students gain the true benefit by adjusting their learning experiences as the educator to best fit their needs.