What do students remember?
Beyond behaviouristic conditioning in teaching
I’ve recently had a conversation with a colleague about how students rarely remember the content you teach them after they leave school. We concluded though that students will always remember how you treated them, whether it be favourably or unfavourably. But I realised later that how you approach your work and subject, including the thought […]
Thoughts on the Leaving Certificate Exams
As a student, a teacher, or an adult you’ve probably experience Behaviourism’s Operant Conditioning at some time in your life. Teachers use it all the time to guide student behaviour, and while I believe it has a place I also believe that it can be (and is) overused in the classroom. Firstly, what is it? Operant Conditioning is the […]
“Teaching for the exams” has long been considered a dirty phrase in teaching. I believe it’s time to re-assess this, in a balanced way. Before my words are misrepresented, I believe in the importance of teaching subject content, skills, attitudes and behaviours that facilitate student learning and growth. In my subject, learning appropriate skills, attitudes and […]