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Skinner 's Model : Child 's Age

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Skinner’s Model Darci Deakin Utah State University Theoretical Application #2-Skinner’s Model Role: Teacher Behavior: Falling asleep in class Child’s Age: 15 Key concept 1: Positive Reinforcement Skinner believed that, “any human action is the result of consequences of our actions. Positive reinforcement involves providing a reinforcing stimus to an organism” (Charles, Senter, & Barr, 1998). Behavior is shaped by consequences, therefore, reinforcements must be immediate (A. C. Juhasz, personal communication, February 12, 2016). From this perspective, my student, who falls asleep during class needs a positive reinforcement in her life to stop her from sleeping during class. Right now she is sleeping during class because she has no positive reinforcement to make her want to do otherwise. Because she has no motivation not to sleep, as the teacher, I should be thinking of positive reinforcements to keep my student awake. There are several aspects of positive reinforcement that I could consider using, including, social, graphic, activity, tangible, etc. Reinforcements must be immediate (A. C. Juhasz, personal communication, February 12, 2016). Therefore, if she does not sleep through class than I should give a positive reinforcement immediately after. I like the idea that my students can choose their own actions, however every action shapes the next action. I can use positive reinforcements to keep my student awake, and therefore have a positive outcome of
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