3 Things I learnt: That children are over supplied with synapse in order to adjust to their new environments, which are constantly changing, while they develop. Cognitive development through Piaget’s and Vygotsky theories require both physical and social stimulations. As we develop with age we become more efficient in almost all thinking patterns. So, it is true what they say about only getting better with age.
2 Connections I made: Two connections I made are from Piaget’s stages of Cognitive Development. During the preoperational stage one of the rapid developments in children between two and four is language. It says, “most children enlarge their vocabulary from 200 to 2000 words”, which reminded me of my mothers daycare children. One of her little boys just started saying simply words- now he is using them in the right context in broken conversation. It surprised me that he caught on so quickly! I understand now why they recommend reading to your children from a young age in order to introduce new words.
The forth stage is formal operating, which deals with adolescent egocentrism. It not abnormal to feel like, “everyone is watching” according the forth stage. I personally have felt this way before and now I know why. It’s important to understand your own feelings in order to move past those insecurity’s that might limit us.
1 Question I still Have: How do we change a classroom in order to draw away from high stress environments for students facing adversity?