Students engage in a partner activity to demonstrate the effects of operant conditioning, specifically positive reinforcement and positive punishment.
Student A's job is to teach Student B to begin sentences with a certain word (they pick the word; most commonly "The" or "I" are chosen). Student A informs Student B they are to speak 50 sentences, but they give no other instructions.
When Student B gives a sentence that DOES begin with the appropriate word, Student A reinforces Student B with positive reinforcement (a "good job", a smile, etc.). When Student B gives a sentence that DOES NOT begin with the appropriate word, Student A applies positive punishment (a frown, a shake of the head, etc.).
A "scoring sheet" is included to see how Student B's sentences change as the reinforcement and punishment is being applied.
Students could do this the day after learning about operant conditioning, but it could also probably be given prior to the learning and it would still be effective.
Please note that the fonts "Candara" and "Lithos Pro Regular" are used in these documents. If your computer does not have these fonts installed, it will automatically replace them with a default font, which will cause it to look different than the screenshots indicated and require you to re-format the slides.
By purchasing this file, you agree not to make it publicly available (on websites, etc.) or to share with any other teachers. It is intended for classroom use only