Educators educating Educators

Sep 26

Factors of Behavior

“I love kids who challenge me. I love the kids who don’t get it, don’t get it, and then suddenly their whole face changes. My philosophy is any child can learn.”

Kim Muller

F.L. Walther School, Lumberton School District, NJ

2009 Presidential Award for Excellence Recipient


12 Factors Influencing Behavior in the Classroom

~ Student/teacher interaction (social/academic)


~ Developing & setting expectations


~ Motivational attributes


~ Providing a stable learning environment


~ Teaching style


~ Knowledge of Students’ Learning style


~ School & classroom culture


~ Classroom management


~ Metacognition & cognitive processes


~ Home environment & parental support


~ District demographics & policies


~ Developmental theory



Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!