Behavioral Theories of Learning

Behaviorism Webquest

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Introduction

After months of planning and preparing, you're finally in the classroom. Although most of the students are doing fine, things aren't working quite like you'd planned. Some of the kids are disruptive or just aren't responding to your instruction. In the following webquest exploration, you will use the principles of educational psychology to try to reach a child who isn't thriving.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom...As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized

—Ginott