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Classroom Management

Classroom management theories, including learning behavior theory, form a foundation from which teachers can create an emotionally safe classroomwhere all students can learn. This foundation includes using learning behavior theory to generate appropriate instructional interventions to manage routine misbehaviors; increase intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; and encourage positive social interaction, self-motivation, and active engagement.


You have been asked to observe a classroom. You have noticed some behavior issues with one of the students. Carol talks a lot, mostly off the subject matter, and interrupts constantly. However, when she is interested in the topic, she can concentrate and stay on task much better than when she thinks the lesson is boring and useless. Carol is best friends with Frankie, so when they are in a group together, she is more distracted than usual. Sometimes the teacher reminds Carol that she needs to get back to her work. Other times, she gives Carol extra homework or makes her sit in the back of the room all by herself. When Carol is concentrating and staying on task, the teacher tries to compliment her for her positive behavior.

A. Explain one of Carol’s negative behaviors in terms of learning behavior theory.
1. Discuss an antecedent of the behavior explained in part A.
2. Discuss a possible consequence for the behavior explained in part A.
3. Discuss an instructional intervention that could mitigate Carol’s negative behavior.
a. Explain how the outcome could change if the teacher applied this instructional intervention.

Note: Using sources to back up the details in your explanation and discussions is required.

B. Explain how applying principles of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation could encourage the following in the learning environment from the scenario:
1. Positive social interaction
2. Self-motivation
3. Active engagement

Note: Using sources to back up the details in your explanation is required.

C. Discuss two additional techniques the teacher could use to create an emotionally safe classroom for Carol.

Note: Using sources to back up the detail in your discussions is required.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

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