Of the learning models presented in class on 9/22, I found cognitive learning to be the most confusing. I had some difficulty conceptualizing it and relating it to a classroom situation.

I found anchored learning to the most interesting of the theories and the one which seemed most likely to be framed in a creative wrapper. Anchored learning starts with a concept and radiates outward.

The example given was a story about a student visiting the firehouse. The contextual problems presented were mathematical in nature: (money/fundraising), water usage, etc. The drawbacks to this model are that not all students may have the prequisite knowledge needed to solve the problems, and of course, as it is very learner centered, there is always the issue of motivation.

My group chose Dick & Carey, which is very structured and seems to be very good for large structured, complex learning or project/long term planning.