Louise Maine bio:
I live in Western PA. I have two children: a daughter and a son. I have been an educator for over 21 years in various states and districts including VA, MI, and PA. My hobbies include biking, hiking, and gardening as well as photography and crafting. I have a love of all living things which is evident in my family's extended family of dogs and lizards. I enjoy being on the cutting edge of technology and finding new ways to learn and teach information to others. I consider myself a life long learner.
I believe that all learners need to build knowledge about the material, view and reflect on other models or examples, and share experiences. Patience is required because change is something that occurs continually and is very personal to the individual. Creating change in using technology needs to be framed in the context of the individual and how it can be used to solve a problem that they may have. Reflection is one of the most important parts of learning. Reflection includes being able to identify specifics of what has been learned, ideas and thoughts that could be shared with others, and an action(s) that can be executed. They must be able to relate it to past experiences and apply to their lives or new experiences. Learning is best accomplished by providing a rich learning experience and being continually aware of the different ways that students reach out to learn material. This provides differentiated learning that is meaningful and personal. Students learn best when they build upon material and reinforce specific skills and concepts repeatedly. Assessment should be frequent and varied, allowing for refinement of knowledge and skills for mastery. Through collaboration with others, learners support one another and are able to offer and utilize their unique talents to others. It is important for learners to understand we have the same amount of knowledge (though concentrated in different areas) and that the biggest difference among learners is the amount of experience. I also believe that learners should understand that everyone fails. It is through failure and reflection that the true learning occurs. Learning is dynamic, energetic, and engaging. It creates a profound change in how learners view old and new material as well as how that information is used to construct new knowledge and solve problems. In order for students to develop critical thinking, learners must develop a critical thinking attitude, by learning to question and to challenge assumptions. They must also practice using critical thinking and transferring these skills to new situations. Lastly, focusing on metacognition or "thinking about their thinking" is essential.