Monday, January 12, 2009

Lets Be Responsible

While my last two blogs focused on curriculum models that were age appropriate, the next model I will discuss is extremely beneficial because it concentrates on the affective domain and can be applied to any age level. The Social Responsibility Model is a based on teaching students to be responsible both in and out of the classroom. The main focus of the social responsibility model is to empower students to think critically and to make responsible decisions on physical, emotional, and social levels.

This model drives students to act responsibly both inside and outside of educational settings. The components of this model are respecting the rights and feeling of others, participation and effort, self direction, helping other as well as taking on leadership roles, and implementing these components outside of the gym. These components are imperative because they directly affect student’s growth and maturation. When implementing this model it is imperative that teachers are able to give students different types of responsibility that address the physical, emotional and social aspects.

When teachers implement this model effectively benefits include; positive social interactions between students and instructors, Provides students with leadership roles where they can learn skills in the safety of their classroom, the curriculum model can be linked with other models creating a positive learning environment, and allows students to identify both positive and negative behaviors that may exist within the classroom. Much of the assessment that occurs with this model is based on discussion, journal writing, or self reflection through assessments constructed by the teacher.

It is critical that educators teach students not only content knowledge but skills necessary to their positive participation within society. What the social responsibility model offers is students the idea of empowerment. This idea of empowerment makes learning authentic and places the responsibility on the individual student. Personal growth as well as learned life skills are all outcomes that occur as a result of this model. As an educator it is critical that you teach students to be well rounded. These skills learned are pertinent to a child’s education and that is why I adamantly believe in the implantation of this model. Teachers need to use this model not only because it empowers students and teach them life skills but because it truly works.

Here are some great article on this model. Social ResponsibilityArticle , Power-Point

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that this is a great teaching model to be implemented across all ages. I think it is crucial that all teachers from all fields implement this model starting at the youngest age especially with the rise in bullying and other disciplinary issues we see in the school systems today. Students spend a third of their day in school so having this kind of positive exposure will reflect back on their home lives and social lives making them better people.