Monday, February 28, 2011

Rink Chapter 9 Questions

2. Five general principles that are implications for teaching from motivation theory are teachers must find ways for students to meet their needs in positive ways, students must perceive what is to be learned as meaningful, use a variety of teaching strategies, tasks should be designed to permit each student to function at an optimal level of challenge, and tasks should be designed to allow the student to function with autonomy.

3. - Learn students names and use them: Students feel more attached to the teacher when the teacher knows their name.  They will also get a greater sense that you care about them.  It gives a more personal touch, and can also help when the teacher is trying to get specific students attention.
- Be enthusiastic and positive about what you are doing: If the teacher isn't excited about an activity, how can they expect the students to be?  Enthusiasm will get more students interested in the lesson.  When the teacher doesn't show positivity, that can only lead to a poor performance by the class.
- Project a caring attitude toward all students: All student have issues that need to be dealt with.  Teachers can not give off the impression that  they think less of any student even though they really might.  If a student feels comfortable enough to talk to a teacher about their problems, they have the right to be listened to.
- Reinforce basic and shared beliefs of honesty, tolerance, respect, risk taking, and effort by modeling behaviors, as well as reinforcing them when the occur in the class: Racism, sexism, general disrespect, etc. are all a major part of our world.  Teachers should not promote any of these ideas in the classroom.  School is not a place where students should be getting negative ideas from.  Instead, teachers should promote things such as honesty, tolerance, and respect to help promote students personal growth.
- Do not reinforce behavior destructive to self or others by doing nothing about it: All teachers need to deal with general behavior problems.  By setting a good example and correcting bad behaviors in class, teachers can help modify these behaviors into acceptable behaviors.
- Do no allow yourself to become threatened by student misbehavior: For the most part, students bad behaviors are not personal attacks against the teacher.  Teachers need to deal with the misbehavior in a professional manner.  If a teacher feels threatened, there is a lot of work to be done before any learning can occur.
- Make it a practice to intentionally treat all student with equitably.  Develop an awareness of your patterns of communication to different students: Teachers can not give off the impression that they have favorite and unfavorite students.  Regardless of skill level and behaviors, teachers should make a point to get around to every student.  Developing a relationship with all students will help the performance of the class as a whole.
- Learn to be a good listener and observer of student responses: All students have something to say whether the do or not.  Knowing your students can help performance in the class.
- Chart your life for personal growth: Teachers are people to.  They have goals and things they want to accomplish in life.  Having a positive outlook on yourself as a person will help teachers help students reach this level.

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