The following section presents the numerous theories that I feel strongly reflect my personal teaching philosophy. I feel it demonstrates the interconnectedness between theory and practice in teaching and learning.

conditions of learning

Cambourne’s Conditions of Learning

Immersion, Demonstration, Engagement, Expectation, Responsibility, Employment, Approximation and Response.

By implementing these conditions for learning in the classroom, you can maximise the  quality of learning from all teaching opportunities.




Bruner’s Learning modes and spiral curriculum

-discovery learning

-concrete experiences, basic ideas

-learn new skills and knowledge to build on previous ones with pictoral representations

-learn more complex ideas and skills with abstract methods

bandura social learning theory


Bandura’s Social Learning Theory

We learn and thus behave based on interactions with and from the environment, the people around us, and the way we behave.

I.e. if a class is not behaving the way you need them to for a particular lesson is there a problem with the environment or the way you yourself as a teacher are behaving. It is not necessarily the class’ fault but just an environment that doesn’t fit the context well.




Te Whakiri – Moari Early Childhood Curriculum Framework


A socio cultural approach on active learning with children’s interests and goals (created 1996)

-empower children

-holistic learning

-embrace family and community

-build responsive and reciprocal relationships

-multicultural perspective



250px-EYLF_FrameworkEarly Years Learning Framework – Outcomes for children and teachers








Vygotsky Lebruner_disegnoarning Theory

-concrete learning experiences

-observing others and reflecting

-imitating others

-new skill/knowledge





PYP IB_Inquiry process

its all about the process not the product!

questions to lead finding resources and information, interpretting that information for the purpose and applying findings









Calmer Classrooms Resource


Calmer Classrooms resource