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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Social Cognitive views of learning and motivation - how to self-regulate and motivate

Resources for setting academic goals
Social bookmarking tools such as Pinterest have sites that can assist students with developing appropriate academic goals.  A website that I found using Pinterest was Brainjogging stories.  This site would be helpful for parents or teachers of students that want to support or come up with ideas on how to help a child set and achieve academic goals.  This site provided video stories on techniques others have used and had success in to assist a student achieve academic goals.  This site can be adapted for my own teaching because I could incorporate one or more of the suggestions for my students to use.

Modeling Behaviors

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How to tie your shoe  A demonstration on how to tie your shoe is provided.  This demonstration provides a recommendation to have one of the shoe laces a different color than the other one to help distinguish which one will be used during the process.  This example would be viewed as constructivist learning approach because you would first explain to the student how to do this process and then you would ask them to do it themselves.  Upon each attempt they would become more proficient in being able to complete this task.  As they master tying their shoe lace this knowledge will be transferred and used to be able to tie other things such as a piece of rope or string.   

other videos that provide examples of modeling a behavior can be found using these links:

How to Make a Diorama

How to Eat a Cupcake,Like a Gentleman

Emotional Self-Regulation and Social Media

Such technology as Facebook, MySpace, and Linkedin are providing immediacy for our children to socialize and communicate with one another.  This technology has some developmental implications for school-age children as it relates to this “live” form of communicating to the mazes.  One development is that affected is the child’s emotional development.  These technology are being used by students at early ages.  A problem with that is that those students that don’t understand how to regulate what they share are causing chaos and is understandings due to their lack of caring what others may think.  Children that don’t grasp self-management, self-awareness, social-awareness, relationship skills or responsible decision-making are running a muck on these forms of technologies.  Students should be taught that what they say on these forms of technology have consequences that can follow them their entire lives.  They need to understand that when something is posted on one of these sites it will exist forever.  They need to understand how to have the perspective of others when they post comments and their opinions “online”.  I would remind my students that prior to updating their status or making comments that they need to understand how to express their emotions appropriately.  It is important to remind them to base their decisions on ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, and respect for each other.  Remind them that someone is always watching what they post so be responsible.

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