Reading #1

The first reading was somewhat a refresher on things I’ve learned in past courses, but even so I didn’t do that well on the self-check. I only got 6 out of 10 points, but when I went back and reviewed my answers in relation to the correct ones, I saw where I made my mistakes and new why I was wrong. Some key content of the reading was the different between basic methods (aka first principles) and Variable methods (aka programs and practices). It was a little difficult to fully process all the information presented in the first two pages during this practice, so I’ll have to go back after our session and reread it all. The three points I got from the first couple pages were: 1. Program learning is proportional to the implementation of principles, 2. They should be usable anytime and anywhere in any situation, and 3. They are design oriented (not learning oriented). The second part of the reading was about the 1st principles of learning. This includes the problem, and the four main ways to ensure that learning occurs, which is when: 1. Integration—real-world problem solving is put in place, 2. Activation—when relevant previous experience is activated, 3. Demonstration—when instruction demonstrates what is to be learned rather than simply telling the learner, and 4. Application—when learners are forced to apply knowledge. This leads to McCarthy’s 4-MAT cycle of learning: meaning (WHY?)—connect, share, reflect. Learners must examine new information and make sense of it. Conceptualize (WHAT?)—understand, define. Operationalize (HOW?)—practice, tinker, extend. Renewing (IF?)—integrate, adapt, thinking beyond what is presented.

 This reading will be really helpful when writing our storyboards because knowing what ensures prosper learning is crucial to creating effective instruction. For example, in my case of learning to serve at a restaurant, you could have an activity that relates to the learner’s past experience of asking his/her family members what they’d like to drink for a holiday dinner. By activating this previous experience, the learner will get a better understanding of the new knowledge being taught.

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