Final Reflection

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In my future class, there are many ways I plan to create a diverse classroom and meet the needs of all my different students. I feel that it is important for everyone in my classroom to feel comfortable, welcomed and accepted. There are many ways I plan to do this to create a class community where everyone is respected and accepted. It is important to “learn all the student’s cultural heritage, communication styles, and learning preferences” (Manning, Bucher, 2013, P. 230). In my classroom, on the first day, the assignments we will do will revolve around everyone getting to know each other. I will tell my students a little about me, and things that make me different. One of the assignments will include a map on the wall, with that map,…show more content…
At the start of our work together in this course, you were guided to think about strategies and theories that would result in short-term vs. long-term behavior change in students, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, management practices that teach rather than impose behavior change (students), and techniques that build a climate of respect and rapport. Describe a theorist you learned about whose strategies focus on intrinsic motivation and long-term behavior changes in students, as well as on teaching, rather than imposing appropriate classroom behaviors. In what ways would this theorist’s approach result in an atmosphere of respect and rapport? Use what you know about the theorist to be specific in justifying your choice. (10 points) A theorist we learned about that believed in intrinsic motivation was Alfie Kohn. He believed that strict rules, punishments, and rules were not as important as other things like the students actually wanting to learn. Kohn wanted to create behavior that was long term, because he believed that “when the rewards stopped the good behavior would stop”, and he didn’t want that to happen (Kohn,1994). Kohn believed that “people usually return to the way they acted before” the behavior changes when rewards and punishments are used (Kohn, 1994). He believed that the “more people receive rewards for doing something, the more likely it becomes that they will lose the intrinsic motivation to continue the behavior that produced the rewards” (Manning, Bucher, 2013,
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