Modeling sounds great, but what are the most important skills needed to help students get all they can from a good model?
1) Attention – Students should carefully observe the modeled behavior.
2) Retention – Instructors must model behaviors that students can remember.
3) Capability – Students must have the ability to replicate the desired behavior.
4) Motivation – Instructors must provide the students with a reason to invest in the model behavior.
These attributes can lead to a student successfully learning a new behavior.
In a classroom, an instructor could model writing the cursive letter ‘D’. The students must focus on the instructor in order to learn the new skill. Students should commit the new skill to memory. It is important for the students to have the ability to duplicate the instructors writing, and the instructor must give the students a connection to the importance of learning the new skill.