Time flies by so easily and before I knew it, finals is almost over. At first, I was skeptic about distance education. I thought it was like a “school bukol” and that everything is going to be like play. I was wrong, definitely WRONG. The style of instruction in UPOU has not only developed my intelligence but my whole being as well. I learned that learning is best done when one uses his/ her head and heart at the same time. I realized that schooling is not as simple as listening to a teacher and memorizing what she wants us to memorize. EDS 103 has introduced me to the different learning theories that have made my learning more meaningful and fruitful.
I am glad to have met my Teacher Malou through this subject. I guess I have matured a lot as a learner after meeting her. Her teaching approach has more than motivated me to really think about my thinking. Being a non-education graduate, I never knew that such a metacognition concept exists. As I matured, as I learned about the concept “maturation and learning” and as I used metacognition, I realized that learning is best achieved when one uses both heart and mind in thinking.
Teacher Malou’s constructivist approach changed my perspective on my personal intelligence. I always used to think that I was like a “tabularasa”. But the way she handled our class, the way she encouraged us to do most of the talking in the fora and to relate the topics to our prior experiences made me understand that I am not a “blank slate” at all. Using Piaget’s accommodation approach, I realized that I am a learner who is filled with rich and colorful experiences and previous knowledge. Our Teacher Malou has taught us how to construct a whole new world of learning. She has guided us all the way until we were able to self-regulate and self-direct our own learning experience.
The different learning theories have made me understand myself better as a learner. I have learned how to use different approaches like motivation, cognition and the like to facilitate my personal learning. As a teacher, it helped me better understand the differences in my students’ intelligences and how I can use the so many approaches available to deal with these differences in my class.
My personal view on intelligence is based mostly on Gardner’s theory of existentialism. My study of the different theories has further reinforced this belief. All theories whether behaviorism, constructivism, etc. can lead to successful learning; but the good results of these theories do not end there. Learning continues to the point wherein a learner truly knows how to use his acquired knowledge to make his life (or existence as called by Gardner) a meaningful one. Being able to do so may result to self-actualization (Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.)
To end my post I would like to reiterate my personal view on intelligence. I would like to refer to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory in order to formulate my personal definition. Intelligence is the capability of a person to determine the meaning of his existence (Existential Intelligence). A person who has a well developed existential intelligence clearly understands his reason for living and therefore would know how to improve and make use of all his other intelligences in order to be of service to God and others. He can clearly define success in his own terms and move towards its achievement.