Reinforcement And Positive Reinforcement In The Classroom

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Reinforcement. Reinforcement is used by the teachers throughout the day so that the children demonstrate certain behaviors that is expected of them. For instance, one girl who does not sleep during naptime and often distracts other children prefers to stay indoors instead of going outdoors with the other children after they wake up. Most of the children are guided to the outdoor area if they wake up early so that they do not disturb the other children that are still sleeping. The associate teacher uses positive reinforcement and tells the girl “if you lie down quietly during nap time until I say you can get up, then I will let you stay in the classroom instead of going outside.” This reinforces and increases her behavior of lying down quietly instead of disturbing others with the positive stimulus being the reward of being able to stay inside. The master teacher also uses positive reinforcement on the children when they want to help with the lunch set up but have not cleaned up their toys yet. She tells them, “once you clean up the area you are playing in, then you can help the teacher set up lunch.” This reinforces their behavior of cleaning up with the positive stimulus being the fact that they can help the teacher set up lunch before lunch time. Emotion identification. Feeling identification and expressions are supported by various books that are in the classroom and circle time discussions. The master teacher read a book about feelings to the class and described how

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