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Learning Theory

Bloom’s Taxonomy: This theory explains that there is more than one type of learning process. This includes the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Cognitive is the mental skills/knowledge, the affective domain deals with the growth of emotions, and the psychomotor deals with skills.

Blooms TheoryExplanationHow it is used in subpages
KnowledgeRecall data or informationThe assessment at the bottom of each subpage asks students to recall information in order to answer correctly.
ComprehensionUnderstands the meaning of what has been read in order to be able to fully explain to someone elseSome activities and lessons listed on the website call for students to present to others their knowledge of the subject.
The learner finds a practical use for in particular and concrete situations
Students have to apply what they learned to the activities, as well as the assessment.
AnalysisThe learner can break down parts and see how they work together.When students are asked to do and activity, they must analyze the information provided in order to use it.
SynthesisThe learner puts together elements or parts to form a whole.As students read the information they begin putting parts together.  Some activities ask students to use parts of the information to form a story about the subject.
EvaluationThe learner makes judgments about the value of the material or methods for a given purpose.Assessment at the bottom of every page.

Constructivist theory:

The constructivist theory has eight main principals:  learner centered, interesting, real life, social, active, time, feedback, and supportive.  Children must actively engage in their world in order to gain knowledge.  Through hands on experiences, materials and socializing, children learn the most.  The project should be interesting to students, because lack of interest equals lack of learning.  The Sonoran Desert website uses technology to keep students interested.  The activities and lesson plans developed ask students to do hands-on experiences, as well as socialize with peers by presenting them their finished projects.

Multiple Intelligence Theory:

In the Multiple Intelligence Theory there are nine intelligences:  Linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist.  Every child possesses a little of each intelligence in them, but a few outshine the rest.  This website caters to each of these intelligences with all the different activities it withholds.  There are hands on, technology based, physical…etc. activities.  Each should be able to help a child gain information by catering to their learning needs.

Take some time to review the subpages I created:  Desert RecluseMesquiteStripe-tailed Scorpion.  Here is my lesson plan