Kim Metzger wrote:
Well, quite a few folks have signed up for the "class" and we've had several attempts to get a discussion going, but I guess you might say we've got an international, multicultural student body of former, current or aspiring teachers who need to get to know each other. As I see it, a ProZ.com forum is not about a moderator leading a discussion necessarily, but a place to submit a question or an idea to which others respond.
I think we may need one of Silvina's and Rita's icebreakers. In a classroom, an icebreaker is a way to let people get to know each other and thus become more relaxed in each other's company. It seems to me that one topic every teacher is interested in is student motivation.
Here's a behavioristic definition by H. Douglas Brown:
"A behaviorist psychologist like Skinner ... would stress the role of REWARDS (and perhaps punishments) in motivating behavior. In Skinner's operant conditioning model, for example, human beings ... will pursue a goal because they perceive a reward for doing so. This reward serves to REINFORCE behavior: to cause it to persist. This tradition gave us what I might facetiously refer to as the "M&M theory" of behavior, derived from the now discarded practice of administering M&M candies to children for manifesting desired behavior."
What are your ideas on motivating students?
I don't know if this is of any interest for you, but there is a special course for language teaching that is called COTE, and that teaches new methodologies for language teaching. It is from Cambridge University, but you can take it almost anywhere in the world. If your interested in information, please contact me.
Hope these are good news for you!
Rosa Elena Lozano Arton
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