Week 9 blog

There were three videos for me to watch but I only got to watch due to the fact that the first video was unavailable due to copy right claims. In the two videos i watched there were studies that provided evidence that there is not only genetics that plays a role in intelligence but also environmental and social processes.
In the second video they showed how a negative stereotype can play a huge factor on students. If they are subjected to a negative stereotype that threatens the way they feel then it impacts how well they do on tests. I think that this is very important for teachers to watch for and make sure they are not doing this because it is unfair to students.
In the third video it showed how positive expectations can make kids more intelligent. There are four factors for teachers in communicating to their students which are: climate, input, response opportunity, and feedback. By setting a good environment and being nice this can help the students to want to learn. The teacher should always allow students the opportunity to respond to questions. If they get the answer right they should give positive feedback. If the student gets the answer wrong the teacher should go more in to depth to explain how they got it wrong and how to answer it correctly. I think that is a very important factor in order to communicate well with the students.
Throughout my schooling I have come across excellent and horrible teachers. An example of an excellent teacher is my Psychology 101 Professor. 🙂 Having a teacher that pushes you to do better and has high expectations for you will in return help you to learn. When coming across bad teachers it can be detrimental for some. One year I had a horrible math teacher and I hardly learned anything. From then on I have struggled with math. One way the school system could fix this is by offering summer course refreshers of the class you previously took.


2 thoughts on “Week 9 blog

  1. smontanez14 says:

    I had a very similar experience with a bad math teacher when I was in the seventh grade. UP until that point I did decently well in math, however that year things changed. I was in advanced math and understood the concepts but was just a little slow at mastering them. I would try to ask questions and ask for extra help but my teacher always seemed to get frustrated that I didn’t understand. She only had one way of teaching the material and gave very negative feedback when we struggled. She eventually developed favorites in the class and only called on them and helped them because they understood. It was an extremely frustrating process and to be honest I have struggled with math ever since. I hope that some day as I become a teacher I can try to avoid or use the four factors mentioned in the video to best help my students be all that they can be and not hold them back like my teacher did to me.


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