Cognitive abilities and a way of life.
It is important to remain viable. What you do as a person, every day, influences people and change lives. There is always this moral imperative for teachers that pull at the heartstrings of everything they do and goes straight to the core of their commitment in what they do as professionals. I believe that to proceed into the future and remain viable as an educator I must create experiences, in my classroom, which will enhance students’ own viability as loving and lovable people in our society. Online collaborative projects, inspired teamwork opportunities and access to experienced mentors are elements that can provide for a more poignant and powerful education model designed and delivered to our youth. These new models for learning will help develop students’ cognitive abilities that can be strengthened and will endure throughout their lives.
It eventually comes down to choice. In education it is students that will make choices in education affecting their lives not the dictates of school officials or state mandated curriculum. Motivation for learning is based upon interest, experience and personal goals and students will grasp upon these ideals and become makers of their own destiny given sufficient opportunities and choices in our schools to do so. As a teacher I want to put these resources in place for my students to act. To be challenged and to investigate new outcomes. It is critical that the focus of my effort in the classroom be directed toward creating a learning environment with enough academic scaffolding that lends sufficient support and guidance, but not so much that it diminishes student effort. It is a delicate and sophisticated balance to achieve as students learn, but it is what is needed from our teachers in schools today.
Cognitive abilities such as making predictions, detecting causation within sequences of event, or
experimenting and rendering final judgement from the accumulation of new experiences, analysis and
collaborative work with peers are just some of the needed abilities students develop as
they learn in schools. These skills and abilities are taught in context of
curricula opportunities designed around projects with clear, meaningful, achievable goals. The
learning experience requires the use of skills in reading, writing, performing math calculations, critical thinking about problems and solutions and proceeding in a systematic way. These skills are instruments that are utilized by students to achieve learning outcomes.