Q: What is modeling?

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A: Modeling is a strategy where someone demonstrates a new concept or approach to learning and children learn by watching.

Model ling is a great way to encourage learning without sounding too ‘teachery’. Through modeling, you can:

  • provide examples of behavior or work habits you expect from children.
  • demonstrate strategies for learning using different senses – looking, listening, feeling, moving.
  • show how you think about things, like how mistakes are part of learning and NOT the end of the world.
  • show how to do an activity so the children can see what’ll be expected.
  • model executive functions and self-regulation. 

You can also ask children to model these things for other children. That way they can view themselves as leaders (see more about this in the video below).

Video modeling is a strategy used to show children different ways to act or think. It’s used a great deal with children with autism and related conditions. It’s also used with athletes who want to improve their performance. Videos can be viewed over and over making learning more solid each time. I’ve used video modeling in different ways with children. Sometimes I’ve videoed therapy sessions so children can watch them and practice at home – they loved it! I’ve also had children model different behaviors so they and other children can watch and learn. I’ve had a couple of professional videos made to model social behaviors for children. The impact has been extremely positive (see the Resources below for free downloads).  

Modeling can make things clearer to children, especially children who learn more easily by watching rather than listening. By modeling how to think and use executive functions, children can learn more about their own thinking and learning (that is, they’ll become more metacognitive). 

A: Modeling is a strategy where someone demonstrates a new concept or approach to learning and children learn by watching.

Model ling is a great way to encourage learning without sounding too ‘teachery’. Through modeling, you can:

  • provide examples of behavior or work habits you expect from children.
  • demonstrate strategies for learning using different senses – looking, listening, feeling, moving.
  • show how you think about things, like how mistakes are part of learning and NOT the end of the world.
  • show how to do an activity so the children can see what’ll be expected.
  • model executive functions and self-regulation. 

You can also ask children to model these things for other children. That way they can view themselves as leaders (see more about this in the video below).

Video modeling is a strategy used to show children different ways to act or think. It’s used a great deal with children with autism and related conditions. It’s also used with athletes who want to improve their performance. Videos can be viewed over and over making learning more solid each time. I’ve used video modeling in different ways with children. Sometimes I’ve videoed therapy sessions so children can watch them and practice at home – they loved it! I’ve also had children model different behaviors so they and other children can watch and learn. I’ve had a couple of professional videos made to model social behaviors for children. The impact has been extremely positive (see the Resources below for free downloads).  

Modeling can make things clearer to children, especially children who learn more easily by watching rather than listening. By modeling how to think and use executive functions, children can learn more about their own thinking and learning (that is, they’ll become more metacognitive). 

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