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What are the Modeled Behaviors Children Learn from Teachers in the Classroom?

What are the Modeled Behaviors Children Learn from Teachers in the Classroom?

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Education is the communication of understanding. Societies have used fear to set the order of communication throughout history including schools. If fear is lack of understanding, what happens when understanding increases?  We begin to see disorganization in the process of communication. What is the solution? Using reciprocal behavior in the absence of fear to increase communication. Teachers who model listening to understand first, will create the reciprocal behaviors in their students. Also by listening to understand students first based on the understanding of the student in the absence of judgment, the teachers understandings will grow. This method also helps students retention increase. If you don't think what I am saying makes sense, consider this quote, " peace cannot be kept by fear, it can only be achieved through understanding." Albert Einstien. I believe that quote because, in the absence of fear, we all do what we understand. The classroom has become difficult for many teachers to control. The reason why controlling the classroom is the wrong move, because to attempt to control others is controlling. The modeling of this behavior is detrimental to the students learning it, because it does not work. We control our ability to understand others, a teacher who models this behavior also has the ability to model self control. The future of education.

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Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Thanks for the post. I totally agree. People need to be understand, not controlled. And when a teacher understands his/her students, which is getting harder and harder with so many underlying currents (anxiety, ADHD, Bi-polar, ODD, OCD- the acting out and the acting in) added to the "normal" just being a boy and a girl (which is hard in itself), progresses.

Sometimes managing (not controlling) a classroom is kind of like riding a wave on a surfboard. You can't control the wave, but if you know the ocean, can predict its moves to an extent, you'll get where you want to go for sure.

Thanks for the post.


Justjeffrey37's picture
Interested in understanding people

Since you mentioned behavioral issues, how do people with these issues find their way to problem in society status? I would say the caregiver (teacher, parent, guardian) or person with the perceived issue gets angry. What if nobody got angry, would their be an issue? Why do people get angry? Think about the last time you got angry..........3 questions: Who were you trying to make understand you? If the person understood you and proved it by doing what they understood, would you have gotten angry? Why do people think they have the ability to make people understand them? We control our ability to understand others, not the other way around. Listening to understand first, in the absence of fear creates the reciprocal behavior. The reason it is backwards in society, is because that is how it is being modeled...

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I always found that my students appreciated it when I took the time to really get to know them before I started making demands and that I engaged them a collaborators (rather than subjects) when problems arose. I think we all want to be known and understood, right?

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