As an educator, adult, and struggling-to-be-great human, I believe you have to live what you believe. I want to show students what I expect from them, and illustrate that any goal is attainable. Creating an environment that is full of energy for learning is a goal of mine. I want students to not only understand the importance for learning, but also have a desire to learn. I want students to be inquisitive and curious. Setting forth this example is a great way to build long term learning skills in children.

“Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” – Albert Bandura

Students, especially young children, learn through observation. Students learn through watching and imitating. Modeling is simply the act of demonstrating a behavior for someone else. Showing a child how to brush their teeth is an example of modeling. Modeling can be live (in person demonstration) or symbolic (a character in a movie, book, or television).

This is how are children learn from a young age, as infants, as toddlers, and kids, as teens, and even into adulthood.



Children and Learning

I’ve been thinking a lot about students and how they learn. There are immeasurable amounts of research on every facet of learning, but I want to talk a little about how that research applies to me and my beliefs as a teacher.

I hope to teach an all-inclusive fourth or fifth grade class upon finishing my MAT studies. These are the learning strategies that I best relate to and believe will provide my students with the best chance to excel at learning. I want to take some time and introduce these strategies and tell why I believe they will help students be successful.