Through this weeks learnings I learned about need for relatedness. On page 406 of the textbook it is said, “Students who feel a sense of relatedness to teachers, parents, and peers are more emotionally engaged in school” (Furrer & Skinner, 2003). This is so important and shows that having strong relationships are crucial in the success of our students. This is a point that has come up multiple times through the readings.
Another thing I learned is about complex tasks. This discusses that fact that teachers shouldn’t give students homework so tough that they become frustrated but difficult enough that they are able to test their skills and gain more knowledge (391). This is important because often it is assumed that students should receive homework but if they just struggle with it, it is not benefiting them.
One last thing I learned from this weeks reading was about the social learning theory which is “theory that emphasizes learning through observation of others,” (369). This relates to my one connection of modelling behaviour. We can learn a lot from our peers and I think that it is also important to learn from our peers as it gives a different perspective.
One connection I made was with the model of learning by observing others. I think this is a big one in a classroom. You might have students bringing behaviours that they are learning at home whether is is good or bad behaviours. You may see it within the classroom. You may have students acting up in class causing another student to act up. You could also have it have see students model good behaviour. For example if a student is praised for their good behaviour a student might mirror that behaviour.
Another connection I made is with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is motivation coming from ones self and extrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from an outside source and can either come from and reward or punishment (401). I think I can relate to this because I always had high expectations of myself to do well in school and doing well in a class or on an assignment was rewarding to me. As well if I did well I would be rewarded by my parents.
One question I still have is how help our students model the good behaviour in the classroom instead of the bad behaviour?