I need to respond to 3 Thoughtful Questions:
- “Winett and Winkler concluded that the technology of applied behavior analysis was being used merely to establish â€œlaw and orderâ€ (p. 499) rather than to serve the best interests of students.” (29) I found in very interesting that teachers will put in place behavioral goals and behavior plans in order to make their teaching or daily routine ‘easier.’ Some teachers will see a fidgety child as disruptive, when others see it as sensory seeking. Each teacher has a different lens they are looking through when they are observing a student. How, do we distinguish between a behavior that is purely to disrupt and one that has a purpose for the child?
- Reinforcement is a law of nature. If a behavior increases, then it is being reinforced. Why does this seem to be a difficult concept for many in public educators to grasp? Whereas the practices of punishment are readily accepted? Why do teachers have an aversive reaction to reinforcement? Can this issue stem from the idea that too many positive reinforcement means giving students candy and pretty stickers when they are good?
- There is continuing discussion among educators, parents, and other related professionals about the role and importance of intrinsic motivation when attempting to address undesired behaviors in a student. Is intrinsic motivation something that can be taught? How would someone determine if a student is motivated by intrinsic factors?
and respond to 2 peers