Educators educating Educators

May 28

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



Read April's Ed Tip to understand how using video game design principles will improve instruction.  Moreover, educators should not view video games as the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching practices. When educators design instructional strategies, they must keep in mind the principles of video games, namely achievable challenge, and the role of dopamine in education.