On February 18, 2020, I was a panelist for “Voices from the field: Experiences of teacher residents and mentors,” part of the conference, Teacher Residencies in Delaware K-12 Schools: Status, prospects, and possibilities for addressing teacher shortages.
Before joining the School District of Philadelphia as part of the Temple Teacher Residency (and obtaining a Masters in Education in the process), I received my PhD in cognitive psychology, something of which I take advantage every day in the classroom.
“[T]he term ‘cognition’ refers to all the processes by which the sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used. It is concerned with these processes even when they operate in the absence of relevant stimulation, as in images and hallucinations…. Given such a sweeping definition, it is apparent that cognition is involved in everything a human being might possibly do; that every psychological phenomenon is a cognitive phenomenon” (Neisser, 1967, p. 4).