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Dynamic Learning Circle vs. Five Phases

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5 months 2 weeks ago #192 by Krista
Krista created the topic: Dynamic Learning Circle vs. Five Phases
I am so excited and hopeful for this school year to implement everything that I recently learned at the Active Learning Conference I attended this summer. I do, however, need a bit of clarification. Should I focus on using the Five Phases with my students or the Dynamic Learning Circle? I guess I am confused on how they relate to each other, or if they are intertwined.

Thank you in advance!
5 months 1 week ago #199 by Kate Hurst
Kate Hurst replied the topic: Dynamic Learning Circle vs. Five Phases
I hope Patty and others will weigh in on this, but here is my understanding.

The Dynamic Learning Circle explains how the child (or anyone) learns. We become aware of something, become curious about it and begin to interact, explore and experience. We do this until we have learned all we can and become bored (or habituate) to this stimuli. Then we become ready for something new and the circle starts again. It is important to become familiar with this learning circle if we want to keep the child moving forward. However, breakdowns can occur anywhere in this circle. If the child is visually impaired they may not be aware of the object, experience or person and we have to make adaptations to the environment or the way we interact so they can become aware. If they have movement challenges they may be aware, but unable to easily interact or explore, so we have to make adaptations so they can get to things. When they learn all they can, we have to add something new to the experience or environment to keep the circle going round.

The Five Phases of Educational Treatment have to do with being good playmates so the child will engage with us. It is based on the child's social and emotional development. Each Phase describes the role of the adult and purpose it serves in working with the child. If you think about it this way, we behavior differently in our interactions and expectations if a child is 3 months olds versus 3 years old. We play and speak differently, too. Even though a learner may be 12 years old and have some motor skills at 4 years old, they may only be at a 3 month old level emotionally. This can cause real problems when we expect them to respond to new experiences, activities and people as a 12 year old or a 4 year old. We have to include daily interactions with trusted adults who engage in play at the child's emotional level so they can build a self-identity and self-confidence to handle the stresses of life.

So to sum it up....the Dynamic Learning Circle is about how learning takes place for all humans. The Five Phases of Educational Treatment is about how the adult interacts with the learner to support social and emotional development.
5 months 2 days ago #225 by Patty Obrzut
Patty Obrzut replied the topic: Dynamic Learning Circle vs. Five Phases
Hi Krista,
I read Kate's response and I agree with what she said. Remember that you will be using both the principles of the Dynamic Learning Circle and the Five Phases of Educational Treatment at the same time. The Dynamic Learning Circle identifies how we learn new skills. It helps to identify problems that might be occurring and identify what step should be taken to correct disharmonious learning. The Dynamic Learning circle helps you to provide a rich environment for learning. The Five Phases of Educational Learning helps to identify how the adult should be interacting with the learner during activities. By using the correct phase or phases, the learner's emotional and social needs will be met and progress can be made in these areas, as well as in all other areas of learning.
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5 months 1 day ago #227 by Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman replied the topic: Dynamic Learning Circle vs. Five Phases
Hi Krista,

In addition to what Kate and Patty wrote, I also wanted to mention that it may be helpful to remember that we all move through the Dynamic Learning Circle throughout the day, and even during a single activity. For example, a learner may just become aware that a seed pod rattle is hanging next to her, and as she touches it randomly, she become aware that it is there (Stage 1), then she becomes curious and active (Stage 2), as she begins to realize that she can cause it to make a sound when she hits it. She then bangs it repeatedly and smiles when it makes a sound. Learners are not just in a single Stage in the Dynamic Learning Circle, and our job as educators is to remove barriers if they get stuck at a specific stage.
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