Behaviorism In the Classroom: By Kylie Birney

I have learned more in this class the past three weeks than I ever thought possible. One of the concepts that we read about in class that really stuck out in my mind is that of behaviorism in the classroom. Behaviorism is the belief that the way people act and behave is a direct result of external stimuli. As we read in class, this philosophy focuses less on the curriculum and more on the teaching materials and methods the teacher uses. I like this concept because I am a firm believer in the idea of rewarding students for doing well and recognizing their achievements. Likewise, I think consequences are important when a student doesn’t follow directions or displays bad behavior. As a future teacher, it is very important to me that the proper behavior be demonstrated in my class. I feel that by utilizing this concept in my classroom I can better enhance the focus of my students.


In my future classroom I want to implement a “bravo board” into my classroom. Students will be arranged into groups of four and this will be their team. Each week groups will have the opportunity to get points for their team for good behavior, by doing good deeds and by working as a team. At the end of the week, points will be counted and the group with the most points will be eligible for a free homework pass on an assignment of their choosing. This will allow them to opt out on one homework assignment. I believe this will not only encourage good behavior, but will also incorporate the importance of teamwork and relying on others.


I realize that every student is different and the way they react to certain things will differ as well. I will give my students strict guidelines on what is expected of them in my classroom. I believe that posting the classroom rules in a place visible to them will be a constant reminder for the students to follow directions.



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