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Processes, Practices & Differences in Learning - Chapter Summary
In this chapter our professional instructors present a series of video and text lessons about cognitive development, different learning modes and how teachers can utilize these to best advantage. Use these lessons to enhance your understanding of:
- Play and cognitive development
- Adapting instruction to students with sensory challenges
- Ecological assessments and special education
- Creating learner-centered environments and practicing student-teacher teamwork
- Blending learning strategies and using different types of learning to advantage
- Concepts and components of cognitive thinking
- Characteristics of gifted children
- Problem solving strategies and types of problems faced by students and educators
Once you have watched a lesson video, read its corresponding transcript to reinforce your retention of the information. Then test your understanding of the lesson by taking the lesson's quiz. This short assessment will help you identify topics you don't understand so that you may easily review these topics using the video tags. After you've completed the lessons and quizzes, take the practice chapter exam at the end to test your overall understanding of processes, practices and differences in learning.
1. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development
When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.
2. Adapting Instruction for Learners With Sensory Challenges
In this lesson, we will discuss the general characteristics of children with sensory dysfunction and how teachers can adapt the classroom environment to accommodate these students.
3. Special Education and Ecological Assessments
An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.
4. Student-Teacher Teamwork in Learner-Centered Environments
The relationship between students and teachers is important to the success of learner-centered environments. This lesson defines the learner-centered classroom and gives examples of situations when student-teacher teamwork comes into play.
5. What are Learning Styles? - Types & Concept
In this lesson, study the concept of learning styles and two well-known models used to show differing learning modes. Explore the implications various learning styles have on education and teaching.
6. Blended Learning Strategies
Many schools are incorporating blended learning into their curriculum. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of blended learning and strategies for fostering a blended learning environment.
7. Cognitive Thinking: Creativity, Brainstorming and Convergent & Divergent Thinking
Creativity is useful in almost any situation, but how is creativity defined? This lesson covers the definition of creativity and discusses how creativity requires several different types of thinking, including divergent thinking and synthetic, analytic, and practical intelligence. This lesson also defines and describes brainstorming.
8. Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions
Schools generally define giftedness as high ability, but there are other ways to define giftedness. Learn more about the definitions, characteristics and conceptions of giftedness in children and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
9. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies
We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.
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