Week 4- Breadcrumbs

This week I read Chapter 2, which focuses on learning theories. In my past education classes, I read about these theories, but never gave them too much thought on how they can be applied into my actual classroom. This chapter focuses on 2 major learning theories: behaviorism and constructivism.


Behaviorism concentrates on changing an observable behavior. It focuses more on the behavior rather than learning, but it can set the tone for learning to actually take place. It seems to have a bad reputation, especially due to its association with Pavlov’s dogs. It involves stimulus and a desired response. I was still confused on ways that I can use behaviorism in the classroom so I did a Google search. The results weren’t too impressive- reward good behavior and punish (take away privileges) bad behavior. I’ve tried using a point system, but only my well-behaved students care, defeating the purpose. I’m looking forward to changing a student's behavior using a Behavior Intervention Plan in my ED 684 class.

Constructivism concentrates on how students think and learn by making connections to their experiences. Teachers should give the students the tools to problem solve and allow students to think for themselves. Using experiences and prior knowledge also makes the work relevant to the student. In my other class, Professor Bullis emphasizes that learning must be relevant. Students need to know why they are learning something. Constructivism seems to be the ideal way to learn for a student since it allows the student to do their own learning with their level of scaffolds. I try to act as a coach rather than an instructor so students can do their own learning. It takes a lot of patience on both ends for this process to be beneficial. My students are not interested in the thought process since they are so focused on what the right answer is. On quizzes, I have recently implemented asking students to identify the wrong/right answers choices and explain why they are wrong/right, giving them an opportunity to reflect.

ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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