Commentary On Student Characteristics And Learning Theories

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Commentary on Student Characteristics & Learning Theories In a classroom, there are always a wide variety of characteristics that make up each child. There are never two children that are alike. As a teacher, this has to be taken into consideration because they are all different, they learn differently as well. I think it is most important in the first few weeks to really get to know your students and build a rapport with them. That is my number one priority in the classroom. If you know your students, you can better help them. When you know what makes them tick, what motivates them, and what will set them off you can better address their learning and their needs. Over the past few weeks of being in the classroom, I have really focused my time and energy into truly getting to know each child; their likes, dislikes, motivators, and turnoffs. Although there are always things to continue to learn about, I feel that I know my students well enough to be able to adjust my planning and their learning to best suit them.
The theorists that I have spent my college time learning about and feel apply mostly to my teaching style are B.F Skinner, Benjamin Bloom, and Lev Vygotsky. I believe that these men have created theories that best suit an actual classroom. Using B.F Skinner’s theory of Operant Conditioning resonates with me the most (simplypsychology.org). I believe that if a student if constantly given praise for the right things, they will continue but if they are given…
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