M4A1_LearningTheories_Sanderson

M4A1_LearningTheories_Sanderson - CLASSROOM SYMBIOSIS 1...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

CLASSROOM SYMBIOSIS 1 Classroom Symbiosis Applying Learning Theories For Better Results Nicole Sanderson Pima Community College Contact: [email protected]
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

THE TAUGHT AND THEIR TEACHERS 2 It is easy to underestimate the complexities of the teaching profession. To achieve his or her teaching goals, a modern educator must know and employ not one, but all of the various learning theories, and specifically the best and most result-oriented techniques from each. Faced with an endlessly complex task, teachers must plan for the long-term, to make their own job easier as time goes on. Furthermore, because learning theories affect students and their subsequent “teachability”, there is an additional advantage to applying the techniques early in a student’s learning career. I will discuss how each of the four main learning theories can help make a teacher’s job more efficient, and how the beneficial effect is further compounded the earlier these best practices are applied. Solving problems and managing crises takes a lot more energy than teaching to a calm classroom. Therefore, the most essential of the learning theories involves managing behavior. Because it addresses the more basic needs of the learners – that of physiological and emotional stability, it thereby potentially saves the teacher a lot of distraction and energy managing crises. Behavior management techniques are even more essential than teaching techniques in terms of potential efficiency gained, especially early in the learners’ careers. The theory of operant conditioning describes a system of classroom behavior management designed to foster a good environment for learning. In this system, the teacher trades his or her praise and recognition to reward thereby encourage order and behavior that is overall conducive to the shared goals of the classroom. The strategies emphasize both rewarding of good behavior and ignoring of or controlled and chosen reaction to disruptive behavior, or behavior that is otherwise counterproductive to the educational goals. Imagine a group of twelve year olds, many of whom don’t yet have the skills to manage themselves. As very dependent people, they are often at the whim of the emotions and mistakes of their own parents and the adults in their lives. There is a lot of potential for the efficiency of the classroom to be ruined in this situation. A twelve year old student, even an intelligent one who may very well be interested in the course material, may, for example, drink an entire bottle of Mountain Dew just before a class, and thereby set themselves up for concentration and energy management problems. A teacher can apply operant conditioning here by drawing
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern