Standard 2: Student Learning and Development. Candidates understand how children learn and develop and provide learning opportunities that support student intellectual, social and personal development.
Supporting Explanation Candidates understand how learning occurs—how students construct knowledge and acquire skills—and are able to provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development. When making instructional decisions, candidates draw upon an in-depth knowledge of developmental progression in student physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive domains.
My Reflection of This Standard At Maryville College in my major of Child Development and Learning I was able to take multiple classes that focused on the development of children at different ages and during different stages of life. I am well aware that students develop differently even if they are at the same age. It is very important to constantly differentiate instruction for the variety of learning types that i will have in my classroom. The topic of differentiation in the classroom is one that i hope to have more training on in the future. I know that there are so many different strategies that surround differentiation, and it is important as a teacher to always stay up-to-date on the topic of development.
Artifact Explanation: I have included 2 lesson plans on this page that are about probability. The first one was taught in 6th grade, and the second one was taught in 2nd grade. Both address similar skills, but were taught in very different ways. I contribute the differences to being aware of developmental age. The biggest difference between the two is that for the 6th grade I could give the students verbal directions and let them go, but with the 2nd grade I had to make many worksheets ahead of time with very clear directions.