CUSTOMIZED LEARNING THEORY 2IntroductionAn effective learning environment must be purposeful, well designed, and intentionallyplanned by the teacher. It must take into account that the classroom is not the only place thatchildren will learn. The entire community that a child is exposed to will have an influence on thelearning that can occur. Deuteronomy 6:5 states that we should “Love the LORD your God withall your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” The Lord tell us in this chapterthat we should impress this commandment on our children; that we should make is so much apart of our lives that they should not depart from it. A successful learning environment will startwith a focus on loving God with all of our heart. From there, we can begin to focus on thosearound us and what we need to learn to positively impact our world for Jesus.Learning Theory and its importanceBefore a teacher evens steps foot in a classroom, much thought should have already beengiven to how learning can best occur. Research should be done on the best methods of teaching,behavior management, creating a positive classroom environment, incorporating the communityinto the classroom, and meeting the needs of all learners. Once the teacher has gained a criticalunderstanding of these ideas, the next step is to look inside and consider what type of learner sheis. The teacher must understand what learning style, and study habits work best for her, and howshe can use her gifts and talents in the most effective ways.After critically looking at all of these components to teaching, the educator is now ready tocome up with the best combination of practices for her classroom. Prayerfully creating acustomized learning theory for your classroom will set up a class for successful learning, positivedevelopment of self-esteem, and a nurturing community of learners.