Classroom Behavior

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Would you be surprised to learn that in today 's classroom children sometimes aren 't learning due to behavioral issues? Teachers are attempting to teach classes in which students can be disruptive, disrespectful and defiant. Classrooms are often overcrowded which adds to the frustration of the situation. Teachers are often tempted to take the easy way out, using antiquated strategies that will usually not help the child to learn. In fact, some types of punishments can actually cause the child to become even more rebellious. The child can experience a sense of worthlessness after being punished again and again. Children do not act out because they are "bad." They act out in the hopes of receiving some kind of response or…show more content…
All agree that in order for a behavior to exist, a reward must be present or expected. E. Thorndike like Skinner believes that "learning is the result of associations forming between stimuli and responses." According to Thorndike, rewards strengthen behaviors. Thorndike says that "when an action is preformed and rewarded that action is continued" (1921-27). As is often the case, the reward system does not just work for good behavior. As previously stated, when a child is rewarded in one way or another for poor behavior, they will continue that behavior in order to continue receiving the reward. Thorndike 's theory cautions us to "not reward bad behavior." The rewards that he speaks of do not have to be material. In fact, more often than not, the rewards are far from material. Sadly, for some children, their only reward for acting out can be attention. A child could receive attention for poor behavior at home which he/she would then expect at school. If the child is only acknowledged when acting out, its need for attention will take over and the child will continue to act out. The school sometimes reinforces the reward system that has been set up at home therefore ensuring the continuance of the behavior. By allowing even the smallest accomplishments to slip by and only recognizing a child when they have done something wrong, the teacher/school is letting that child know that poor behavior will pay off. The word reward usually brings to mind a material
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