In this discussion and the three that follow, you will each have an opportunity to consider how…

In this discussion and the three that follow, you will each have an opportunity to consider how…

In this discussion and the three that follow, you will each have an opportunity to consider how the theories studied in each module might be most appropriately used to support teaching and learning in a professional setting of your choosing. For example, those of you with K-12 teaching experience may want to choose a subject and grade level in which you teach or have taught. Those who come from a business/corporate professional background could select a work-related training topic and target audience on which to focus. If you have no professional experience related to teaching, you may want to select a subject and general educational level (e.g., elementary, middle school, high school, college) from your own background as a learner as the basis of your discussion posts.
Regardless of the topic/subject or target learners/grade level, begin by thinking about a specific lesson, skill set, or body of knowledge with which you or other learners may have struggled or do struggle. Then, think about how the lesson is typically taught and how students are expected to learn. Finally, consider the fundamental tenets and assumptions of this module’s theoretical perspectives: behaviorism and social learning. Did the lesson as you have taught (or remember) it already reflect either a behaviorist viewpoint and/or social learning theory? If so, how? How might you (or another educator) modify the teaching and learning of your selected lesson/topic to include practices that reflect these perspectives? Which students would be most likely to benefit from your modifications (and why?)? Are there specific parts of the lesson that might be most or least suitable for modification (and why?)? What do you believe would be both the strength(s) and weakness(es) of incorporating behaviorist and social learning theory practices into your lesson? Keep in mind that the goal is not to replace the existing teaching methods with only behaviorism and social learning-based teaching; rather, we should consider how existing teaching might be modified.
Create a discussion entry/post in which you briefly describe the selected lesson/topic and target learners and then describe in suitable detail how principles of BOTH behaviorism and social learning theory are/were or could be appropriately applied to revising the lesson. Your description should include your rationale for the modifications and a brief analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges associated with the changes to the lesson. Although there is no “hard and fast” answer to the question of “how long should my discussion post be?,” one complete paragraph is definitely insufficient and more than four paragraphs is probably indicative of too much detail. Regardless of the topic/subject or target learners/grade level, begin by thinking about a specific lesson, skill set, or body of knowledge with which you or other learners may have struggled or do struggle. Then, think about how the lesson is typically taught and how students are expected to learn. Finally, consider the fundamental tenets and assumptions of this module’s theoretical perspectives: behaviorism and social learning. Did the lesson as you have taught (or remember) it already reflect either a behaviorist viewpoint and/or social learning theory? If so, how? How might you (or another educator) modify the teaching and learning of your selected lesson/topic to include practices that reflect these perspectives? Which students would be most likely to benefit from your modifications (and why?)? Are there specific parts of the lesson that might be most or least suitable for modification (and why?)? What do you believe would be both the strength(s) and weakness(es) of incorporating behaviorist and social learning theory practices into your lesson? Keep in mind that the goal is not to replace the existing teaching methods with only behaviorism and social learning-based teaching; rather, we should consider how existing teaching might be modified.
Create a discussion entry/post in which you briefly describe the selected lesson/topic and target learners and then describe in suitable detail how principles of BOTH behaviorism and social learning theory are/were or could be appropriately applied to revising the lesson. Your description should include your rationale for the modifications and a brief analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges associated with the changes to the lesson. Although there is no “hard and fast” answer to the question of “how long should my discussion post be?,” one complete paragraph is definitely insufficient and more than four paragraphs is probably indicative of too much detail.

In this discussion and the three that follow, you will each have an opportunity to consider how…

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