Pavlov's Behavioral And Social Theories Of Learning

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Chapter five discusses behavioral and social theories of learning. It begins with discussing Pavlov 's theory of classical conditioning, and Skinner 's theory of operant conditioning. The studies conducted by these two psychologists greatly contributed to our understanding of behavioral and social theories of learning. (Slavin,2015). There are a few different kinds of reinforcers, primary, secondary, positive, and negative. (Slavin, 2015). The first day of class rather than going over a list of rules that I have come up with, I plan on having my students come up with their own classroom guidelines as a class. After they provide their ideas, if there is something not on the list that I think should be I will add it on. However, from my experience …show more content…
For that reason, a call home can be a very powerful reinforcer. From what I have seen, attendance to high school parent-teacher conferences declines significantly from primary grades. Calling a parent or simply sending them an email to let them know how great their child is doing in class will strengthen your relationship with the parent, and will also encourage the student to continue on the right path. However, as with every technique this is not something that will work with every single student you have. For that reason, there are plenty of other reinforcers that an educator can use, and it is important for teachers to use a variety of …show more content…
In order to tap into a students intrinsic motivation the teacher must keep the content interesting, relevant, useful, and engaging. (Slavin, 2015). A previous chapter went over the importance of developing information that is meaningful to students, for this will not only keep students engaged, but the information will also be more likely to stay in their long term memory. In order to do this I will develop lesson plans that will include interesting, and relevant content. I will also be sure to use interesting materials and a variety of presentations. For example, I may incorporate videos into the lesson, or bring in a guest speaker to speak to the class. I think that it is also important to take feedback from students. For example, after reading a novel in class I will ask the class what they thought of the book. If the feedback is mostly positive I will keep the novel in the curriculum for next year. However, if students had a difficult time reading, understanding, or relating to the book I may think about replacing the book with another for the next year. I will also be sure to create a classroom that is warm, accepting, and positive. A place where every student feels accepted, and comfortable asking

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