I found it interesting that models who are the same age as students have a better chance at getting through to them. It’s curious how a slight age difference can affect learning so drastically.
I believe the relation between self-efficiency and ability, while a new fact to me, makes a lot of sense. It seems like many students find themselves unmotivated in a school environment, so while they have the ability to perform well, they do not do as well as they should because they lack self-efficiency. It’s important to think about tactics on increasing self efficiency within the classroom.
The need for autonomy is important to consider, as I found, because people deep down want to have control over the outcome of their lives, but in order to do so, must have options available. As a teacher, rules to control the classroom are important, but it’s also important to be negotiable.
Looking from the same perspective as whoever is teaching you something makes sense, because otherwise you naturally perform things opposite. I remember doing dance lessons and having the teacher at the front of the class facing us. This always made it hard for copying her actions because if she lifted her right arm, without thinking us students would often lift our left because that’s what we saw being done in front of us.
As a young learner, I often fell into the category of intrinsic learning, hence why I entered the IB program to seek out a new challenge that I wasn't finding in the regular program. I think it’s important that children are offered chances where they have to work to excel rather than just sit bored in mainstream education.
How beneficial is it to have student teachers and TA’s in the classroom? Does the addition of younger minds to the classroom teaching environment help the class do a better job because the age gap is smaller? Or are there cases where having a peer they recognize encourage poor behaviour or teasing?
Woolfolk, Anita, et al. Educational Psychology. 6th ed., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Pearson Education, 2013.