Bandura's Theory and Classroom Management Term Paper

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Another important aspect of observational learning is retention. For effective classroom management to take place it is important the students understand and retain the few classroom management rules that will be set out in the beginning of the year.

Raise hand to speak

Treat others with respect

If you don't know then please ask

The retention factor with regard to classroom management will be reinforced each time the students witness another student having to suit out for five minutes of recess because they failed to respond appropriately to the clapping signal for attention. In addition we will have a weekly short discussion about classroom rules and why they are important and how the students can help themselves and each other to remember what they are.

The production step in the path to observational learning with regard to effective classroom management will be easily found in the response of the class to the management steps.

In addition to attention getting games we will also have classroom management exercises in which the students will form committees and those committees will hear grievances. This will allow students to air their issues without disrupting the class all week long. They will be able to sign up for a Friday "trial" and take anyone to "court" that they believe is interfering with the classroom management and the effective learning environment. This can be a student who calls other students names or a student who simply refuses to participate and is causing the class to lose valuable learning time because of it. The committees will defend each side, debate the issue, and provide suggestions to correct the problem with the input of the student in question.

Motivation

It is important to the theory of observational learning that motivation take place. This will help students remember to practice their classroom management skills because it will encourage them to remember them often. Motivation for the purpose of effective classroom management will come in the way of earned rewards. I will set up a system where each week each student has the opportunity to earn points by participating in effective classroom management by managing his or her own behaviors and helping their peers manage their behavior as well.

The points will be provided on a computer data base and students can save them to earn larger rewards or spend them weekly to earn the smaller rewards. Rewards will be tied to the classroom and include things such as extra computer time, a homework free pass, a lunchroom desert and the large reward will be the ability to teach with me for a day.

Throughout this program of effective classroom management that will be based in observational learning and the students will begin to self-regulate their own management for the purpose of creating an effective learning environment.

Reciprocal Determinism

Bandura's theory allows that people learn through observation and that the consequences of behaviors may shape future behaviors. He also believed that a person's behavior can be influenced through environmental conditions or personal factors.

According to his theory of reciprocal determinism I agree with the concept that a person's behavior can impact the environment. This is why I will set up the classroom management program in such a way that those who are leading the way will serve as role models for those who are having a more difficult time with self-regulation.

A also believe that this program will induce the majority of students to comply and the few that have a difficult time with rules and boundaries will be inclined to change their behaviors based on the environment that a well managed classroom provides.

References

Horner, Sherri L (2001) the EFFECTS of OBSERVATIONAL LEARNING on PRESCHOOLERS' BOOK-RELATED BEHAVIORS and ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE.(Statistical Data Included) Child Study Journal

Houseal, Ana (2003) Self-efficacy, standards, and benchmarks as factors in teaching elementary school science. Journal of Elementary Science Education

Newman, Jean (1999) in the Trenches: Increasing Competency of Teachers-in Training by Having Them Conduct Individualized Interventions.…

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References

Horner, Sherri L (2001) the EFFECTS of OBSERVATIONAL LEARNING on PRESCHOOLERS' BOOK-RELATED BEHAVIORS and ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE.(Statistical Data Included) Child Study Journal

Houseal, Ana (2003) Self-efficacy, standards, and benchmarks as factors in teaching elementary school science. Journal of Elementary Science Education

Newman, Jean (1999) in the Trenches: Increasing Competency of Teachers-in Training by Having Them Conduct Individualized Interventions.

Journal of Instructional Psychology

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