Task 2: Case Studies Annie, a fifth-grade student in Mr. Baer's class, is being quiet and sullen for the fifth day in a row. "I just can't do this writing stuff," she finally says in an appeal to Mr. Baer. "I'm not a good student. Give me P.E. or art over this stuff any day!" 1) The SCT helps us understand Amy’s comment by analyzing her behavior and beliefs about her perception of her ability to write. She is expressing her disappointment in her own behavior and seems frustrated to the point of giving up or preferring to do something entirely different. Her perceived self-efficacy is low and directly impact her ability to change her behavior in order to set a goal that will enable her to succeed at writing. 2) There may be issues with Annie’s physiological and emotional state, or perhaps she has had similar experiences in the past with other skills. Her expectations are lacking in self- confidence leaving her unmotivated to improve upon her writing skills. 3) Perhaps having Annie work with someone that she can observe or model after. A peer who has sufficient confidence in their writing skills can help Annie by showing her their techniques and how they apply themselves to be able to write fluently without frustration.
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