The cognitive theory and the instructional process is composed of similar things. I particularly enjoyed the lesson this week on how technology come into play with both. I am always looking for things that will "trigger" my students and help them learn. Concept mapping tools such as graph organizers are a great tool that I simply could not live without. When I start having my students to write, it is important for them to know what they want to write about and how to pull the information they need to write an effective paper. When they choose their main topic, then they can build to that topic and as an end result have a great paper.
I also enjoyed the math lesson with the teacher using excel to teach her students about finding the solutions and not getting bogged down with all the data. I do feel that it is important for students to know how to derive at the answer without the help of the computer, but we start teaching them how to use a calculator to check their answers, this is just a more complete method for students to focus in and really learn the lesson not get lost in the data.
There are many other ways that the cognitive theory is used in instructional practice....great teachers pull as much into their lessons as possible!