The Learning Cycle is the process that learners use as they acquire new knowledge.
This process is used for development of the skills and knowledge that ESU beginning educators will experience as they proceed through the teacher education program.
In addition, the process is the model for their own understanding of how to design learning experiences for the students with whom they will work.
The awareness stage is the initial experience with the new information.
Candidates will learn about the content and begin to make connections with prior knowledge.
After the connections are made, candidates will begin to practice the new content and skills during the exploration stage.
This implies the active manipulation of the new information.
During the elaboration stage, candidates demonstrate understanding of the new content.
Finally, candidates utilize understanding of the skills and content in a variety of contexts.