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Practicum Micah

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Maria Howatt Presentation Addressing Stumbling blocks that prevent student learning. (April 7th)

College presentation for 5 districts (regional)

- Students come in with different lenses
o Decisions (killed of the other side)
 Examples (learning, feeling safe, think that they aren’t smart)
 Will use saying that they can learn / are smart do anything?
o They hold on to their false view of themselves (due to bad experiences)
- Behaviors are learned
o The more learners practice a behavior, the more efficient and effective the behavior becomes at meeting the learners needs. (This becomes their consequence for the behavior)
o We can enable the behavior by reinforcing the behaviors consequence
o When something hard comes up, behaviors are expressed to avoid tasks or people, or to obtain what they want.
o Things teachers do the create behaviors
 Asking mind numbing questions
 Judging students
 Playing favorites
 Lying
- Ideas to Erode stumbling Blocks
o The study of true principles will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will.
o Fixation on poor behavior will lead to more poor behavior (cup can only hold one thing)
o Focus on teaching the positive principle instead of teaching about the outcome of bad behavior
- For vs. Against
o “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I will be there” (Mother Teresa)
o Make it personal to the student. How did it feel to the student when something like that happened to them?
o Teddy Roosevelt
 Had asthma and almost died from it
• From father “you have the mind, but you have not the body. If you want to live your mind is going to have to make your body
• Teach in curriculum these true principles through examples of people like Teddy Roosevelt to teach positive behavior
- Universe in a raisin
o Think about all the people that influenced the raisin to get it to you
o Teaching gratitude and awareness of the world (not just about you)
- People don’t learn unless they have a desire or a need
o 4 ways to motivate people
 1) Fear
 2) guilt
 3) Reward
 4) Desire/Love
o The first 3 on the list are not sustainable, each time you use it you have to up the ante. You eat ice-cream because you want to / love it. To become an effective teacher, we need to instill desire into our students.

Reflection: This wonderful presentation helped me learn about how students think and what can be done to best help the students. In the beginning, they talked about decisions that students make. Some examples that she gave resonated with me because I had seen so many of the examples. The examples they gave were; students saying they are dumb, acting out, always trying to escape the room (aka. Water and bathroom breaks) The question is, why do they act that way. They are doing it because they have built upon bad experiences to shape their actions. What can we do as teachers to change this misconception that the students have? They brought up the question “If we tell them that they are smart, Will that do anything?” The answer is no. That will not change their actions. The presentation then talked about what teachers do to create behaviors. Asking mind numbing questions, judging students, playing favorites, and lying were all brought up. When things are seen as unfair or if they don’t trust you then negative behaviors are brought out. It makes me think, what can I do to have my students see me as trustworthy and fair. I plan on setting standards in the classroom and be strict yet fair to these rules/standards. Once the rule is seen with no consequence the students will use it against you and you will lose all form of fairness. Another thing that stuck out to me in the presentation was the universe in a raisin part. The students needs to think about everything that caused the raisin to be with them at that given time. This allows for the students to think about what is happening around them. It gives them the opportunity to think that everything isn’t always about them and it also teaches the students to be thankful for all the things that we do have. The presentation ended with motivation. There are four ways to motivate students; fear, guilt, reward, and love / desire. The first 3 on the list are not sustainable, each time you use it you have to up the ante. You eat ice-cream because you want to / love it. To become an effective teacher, we need to instill desire into our students.



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