Behaviorism: To Do or Not To Do That is the Question.

Behavior, how important is it to a classroom? One of the most important aspects of being a teacher is how you manage your classroom. Through behaviorism I learned a few things on how to maintain and enforce proper behavior. It is important to set forth the rules, consequences, and reward system up front so students know what is expected of them. As educators we must remember how  important it is to reinforce the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. When students can experience rewards and celebration for doing the right things they are more likely to repeat these behaviors. Vice versa if their is a negative behavior that they need to stop they are more likely to do so when the consequence is something that they do not enjoy. It is important to remember when dealing with behavior that every student is different. Things that would cause one student to be unhappy and redirect their behavior may not be the same for the next student. The key is to get to know your students and do whatever works best for them individually.

One great way to set the expectations for your students is by having them sign a student behavior contract. Having both the student and parent sign this document at the beginning of the school year lets them know what is expected of them up front and can be pulled out as a reminder of their agreement when things are not going well. Here is a website that can be used as a tool to help with this :

Another tool is by using behavior charts in the classroom. A visual reminder is a good way to keep the students involved as well as aware of where they stand. It is also a good idea to have the classroom rules and expectations posted somewhere so that the students can see and remember what it is they agreed to. The more interesting the posting the more likely the student is to pay attention to it. The following are some examples of behavior charts and rule postings that I think are eye catching.

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Who is this education really for? by Rhea Rollins

In many of my classmates posts about the books they read for our book circle and other course materials I noticed a common them which was Student-Centered Teaching. This is linked to making sure the methods in which you choose to teach and conduct your classroom is geared towards the learners. There were examples given throughout the course on how education has began shifting from a teacher centered education to focus on the students, their individuality and how that may affect their learning. It is vital that we as teachers make sure the students are learning and preparing for life in the real world in our classrooms. In my future classroom I plan to use the students input about themselves to better implement lessons that they can relate to and learn from. I will have the students share information about themselves through a star student system where each student gets to share information about themselves, likes, dislikes, home life, etc to the class. This will give me the opportunity to learn about the students and try to fit the lessons to their individual needs. I also plan to discuss with the families what they think the students areas of strength and weakness are in attempts to best meet the children where they are. After all who are we trying to benefit with this education system, the students or the teachers. Why shouldn’t it be geared towards who it is created to benefit?

This link is a resource website for assisting with creating an identity safe classroom:

This video is an introduction to Student Centered Learning: