In A Class Room Essay

817 WordsApr 22, 20094 Pages
Some people might say that classroom management is more important than the actual class lesson. To a degree this is true. No lesson can be taught; much less its content useful to a student, if there is no sense of classroom order. Two very popular education theories are applied today in the classroom. The first theory is behaviorism theory. The second is constructivist theory. In my opinion, constructivist theory is more inline with today’s learning style where as behavior theory seems a bit out-dated. In constructivism, the teaching style is not curriculum driven, but instead focuses on real-world lessons, relationship to learning and value. Lessons focus not on textbook answers, but on “tasks which have real-world relevance and utility, that integrate those tasks across the curriculum, that provide appropriate levels of difficulty or involvement.” Furthermore, the teaching style in a constructivist classroom “needs to be flexible; sometimes (teachers) are the giver of knowledge, but often (they) are the facilitator” (SFSU, n.d., userwww.sfsu.edu). This style is different from behaviorist theory which lesson and textbook driven. The classroom is organized to reflect group work, not individual seatwork. Desks might be placed in small islands from 2-4 people – not like behaviorism where discipline is the focus and they are more likely to be straight in a row, showing individual task. Also, the desk arrangement will move around perhaps on a weekly basis, even daily basis. There is no one stagnant style for the constructivist classroom like there might be in the behaviorist classroom. Such an arrangement of desks reflects that “constructivism is child-centered; it proposes that learning environments should support multiple perspectives or interpretations of reality, knowledge construction, context-rich, experience-based activities” (SFSU, n.d.,

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