This weeks reading was focused on Socio-Emotional Development and Motivation. While going through the text I learned many things. The first thing I learned was that Observational Learning has four elements: Attention, Retention, Production, and Motivation & Reinforcement. While I did know our brains followed some process I did not originally know these were the elements followed. While all the steps are listed in a logical order the one step that I never considered was Motivation. While it may be easy to learn all the steps you still must be motivated enough to keep practicing it. Students may be bored if it is too easy and give up if it is hard so as teachers we must find some medium which challenges and is rewarding which leads into the second point I learned.
There are five possible outcomes when it comes to Observational Learning. These outcomes are: Directing Attention, Encouraging Existing Behaviours, Changing Inhibitions, Teaching New Behaviours, and Arousing Emotion. I feel that these outcomes tend to mix when they occur. For example, if two students see someone playing the piano they may want to take lessons to learn how (Directing Attention), however, when they go to learn one student finds it easy while the other finds it difficult. Both students will feel differently about wanting to learn piano (Arousing Emotion). The reading does not talk about outcomes combining but I feel all the outcomes will arouse your emotions to some capacity.
Lastly the other thing I learned was that there are five approaches to motivation. These approaches are: Behavioral, Humanistic, Cognitive, Social Cognitive, and Sociocultural. Every learner will be able relate to one type of motivation but as teachers we must find a way to connect with them. All students can be motivated but they must be willing to try as well. In the classroom using aspects from each could beneficial to teaching as well as learning.
One connection I made to the reading was that back in high school I had a Social Cognitive view of motivation. I set goals and had expectations but when they did not happen it was very discouraging so I would lose motivation. While progressing through high school and now university I also take being realistic to who I am as a learner into account which helps me achieve what I need to do.
Another thing I connected to was while I was elementary school I learned best by being an observational learner. Some students could just start and figure it out without direction but I learned best by watching how to do it the first couple of times. Even today I still learn best by seeing some form on instruction before engaging with assignments.
One question I still have is there to combine all the approaches to motivation to get every student involved? I know it is hard to please every learner but I would like to hear other people’s thoughts.