succinct and persuasive at-a-glance document explaining the benefits of classroom

Write a succinct and persuasive at-a-glance document explaining the benefits of classroom observation and consultation with an educational psychologist.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.

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Educational psychologists are often hired by school districts to identify ways to improve learner outcomes.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Describe the current issues, parameters, and central tenets that define the specialization of educational psychology.

Explain the role of an educational psychologist and benefits to teachers and students.

Competency 5: Explain how educational psychology models enhance learner engagement and mediate issues of learning and performance.

Describe factors that could impact classroom management.

Describe factors that could impact student motivation and engagement.

Explain how an educational psychology aligns learning techniques to skill development by age and ability level to enhance skill development.

Competency 7: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with university expectations for graduate education, including discipline knowledge and current APA formatting standards.

Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, and correctly format citations using APA style.

Classroom Management

Some approaches to classroom management work better than others. The goal for teachers should be to produce competent and self-regulated individuals. A teacher sets the classroom environment to enhance intrinsic motivation by engaging the students with four intrinsic rewards: a sense of meaningfulness, a sense of choice, a sense of competence, and a sense of progress (Thomas, 2009).

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Motivation

According to Pintrich and Schunk (1996), “Motivation is the process whereby goal directed behavior is instigated and sustained” (p. 4). We could discuss the skills necessary to be a good student and a good teacher all quarter, but if the student is not motivated, we all know that learning will not take place. In this assessment, we explore the construct of motivation, a topic that is inextricably tied to learning.

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