Education

How to Apply Social Learning Theory in the Classroom

Humans are social creatures, and most of our learning, especially in the early age, occurs by example. A small child watches her mother brush her own hair. She may actually observe this several times. Ultimately, the child takes her mother’s hairbrush and brushes her own hair, modeling her mother’s behavior as closely as possible, given her age and agility. This is just one example of social learning theory. What is Social Learning Theory? Educational and psychological professionals understand that learning is a...

How to Apply Attribution Theory to Learning

It’s no secret that people have widely different learning styles. But what often escapes the instructors is how those preferences impact the learner’s ability to succeed in different settings. Because we all know how a single student can be majorly successful in one class or with one course, and totally fail with another one several months later. Attribution theory, proposed by social psychologists, can shed some light on how humans tend to attribute their success to specific traits or conditions. What...

8 Quick Strategies to Boost Student Engagement

wThe concept of student engagement has been a matter of discussion for decades. All of us remember sitting in classrooms with a teacher at the front, providing information, using a blackboard (more recently a whiteboard) to give some examples, and then asking us to practice what had just been taught with worksheets and homework. High achieving students always complied. Middle-of-the road students complied some or most of the time. And the low-achieving students complied minimally, if at all. Everyone got...

Formative Assessments: Essential Tips for Educators

How do you ensure that your instructional methods are effective? If you wait until it's time to administer an important test, it may be too late. A poor grade or standardized test score can throw a student off track. This is why regular assessments are so important. Educators use both formative and summative assessments to help ensure that students are truly mastering concepts. It is formative assessments in particular that can help gauge a student’s understanding as they are in the...

Your Quick Guide to Experiential Learning

Johnny has learned that 2 + 2 = 4. With the help of his teacher and his brightly-colored textbook, he has memorized this fact. Billy has learned that 4 – 2 = 2. With the help of the bully who grabbed two of his 4 cookies, he has learned this fact. And, in the tussle with the bully, one of his remaining cookies broke into two pieces. Billy wondered if 2 might be halves of 1 and decided to ask...