Behavior Technology 105: Teaching Behavior Technology
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Prerequisites: BehavTech 101–104
At this point in the student’s Behavior Technology education, the concentration switches from directly instructing a nonhuman animal to directly instructing a human animal. Up to now, the student, while acting as a coach to a partner, needed to provide objective feedback about what the partner was doing while training. Now the student must teach the partner how to train a chicken using the capacities available to the human animal, including a complete system of language.
Sometimes it seems easier to work with nonhuman animals, maybe because we can blame them for our mistakes or we can forgive them for not understanding us. In BehavTech 105, students must come face to face with their ability to communicate to another human what they want them to learn. Students need to be able to constructively tell someone what to do and what not to do, either of which that person may or may not be able to do. In addition, students must do what they are told to do to the best of their ability, even if they don’t agree with the instruction. Sometimes the reality of being a teacher can be emotional for students. But it can also be an opportunity for students to learn about themselves and improve their ability to instruct.
This BehavTech course will ask the students to look inside themselves to discover what sort of teachers they are, what motivates them as teachers, and whether they can maintain patience and objectivity when faced with “good” and “bad” students (e.g., those who do or don’t follow directions) or any number of other possible conflicts that may arise between humans! Can the student continue to maintain a positively reinforcing experience for their partner (and themselves) regardless of the environmental conditions?