A learning curve of transferable teaching

 

If a child hums in class or is disruptive, as a teacher, you should be thinking and asking yourself some “why” questions:

16409706_402991380037682_1316842003_o
Photo credit Jess Greenhill

 

 

  • What is motivating the child to hum?
  • Is the child in pain or feeling unwell?
  • Potentially something has happened in the child’s wider environment.
  • Am I engaging enough as an educator?
  • What can I do to support that child?
  • Does that child need to learn in a different setting?

 

 

 

Not wishing to anthropomorphise however transferring these questions and applying them to your dog, your learner, is a logical and common approach.Basic GPD Course Jan 2010

  • What is motivating the dog to bark or be disruptive?
  • Is the dog in pain or feeling unwell?
  • Has something happened in the dogs wider environment (trigger stacking)
  • Am I engaging enough as an educator for my dog?
  • What can I do to support my dogs learning and emotional wellbeing?
  • Does my dog need a different form of stimulation/reinforcer to get the results?

 

As educators, regardless of the species of our learners we have a duty of care to ensure that learner feels safe, supported and able to reach their full potential. A learner that feels threatened, intimidated or ill at ease is not a learner that is able to have sensible thought processes and make rational decisions.

Some science: Dopamine boosts drive, focus and concentration. When learners achieve things and are rewarded dopamine is released making the learner feel confident and empowered. When learners feel empowered and in control of their emotions they are able to make the right choices.

 

ln7_3857

Learning theories are difficult to transfer without anthropomorphism however there are similarities in a canine learner that are commonly seen in a human learner. Children learn best through play and exploration, allowing them to take risks and make decisions empowers them as learners. Praise and support gives them confidence to widen their knowledge.

16442748_402996523370501_1397375623_o
Learning through play – Photo credit Jess Greenhill

These practices are transferable teaching methods. We see dogs learning through play and exploration. Praise and support gives dogs confidence to make the right decisions and actively seek to do the right thing in a human world.    Basic GPD Course Jan 2010

Dogs that are punished or aren’t engaged with their owner/trainer will shut down or become disruptive. A child who is constantly told it’s doing the wrong thing or isn’t engaged with the teacher becomes shut down or disruptive.

 

 

 

We talk about transferable skills in dog training all the time. Teaching a dog to transfer the skills it’s learnt to different settings is an essential part of its life journey. It is therefore worth thinking about learning in the wider context and transferring your skills as humans to a different setting, use those skills within your dog training to empower your dog and give it the confidence to make the right choices. Answer those “why” questions and be the best educator you can be for your learner.

Praise is far more powerful than punishment. 

Basic GPD Course Jan 2010

 

Ali Charnick, Editor. @ecologydogs

You May Also Like

56 thoughts on “A learning curve of transferable teaching

  1. Pingback: cialis walmart
  2. Pingback: cheap cialis
  3. Pingback: cialis otc
  4. Pingback: brand cialis 20mg
  5. Pingback: buy ciprofloxacin
  6. Pingback: cialis walmart
  7. Pingback: how to get cialis
  8. Pingback: levitra 20 mg
  9. Pingback: viagra vs cialis
  10. Pingback: buy chloroquine
  11. Pingback: viagra 50mg
  12. Pingback: viagra generic
  13. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  14. Pingback: viagra for sale
  15. Pingback: cialis generic
  16. Pingback: mens ed pills
  17. Pingback: women viagra
  18. Pingback: buy viagra
  19. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg
  20. Pingback: canada pharmacy
  21. Pingback: walmart pharmacy
  22. Pingback: cialis generic
  23. Pingback: cialis generic
  24. Pingback: levitra usa
  25. Pingback: vardenafil 20 mg
  26. Pingback: buy cialis
  27. Pingback: casino real money
  28. Pingback: slots online
  29. Pingback: cialis cialis
  30. Pingback: cash loans
  31. Pingback: generic cialis
  32. Pingback: personal loan
  33. Pingback: online loans
  34. Pingback: viagra pills
  35. Pingback: cialis internet
  36. Pingback: cialis 20
  37. Pingback: generic for cialis
  38. Pingback: cialis 5 mg

Comments are closed.