Children Learn What They Live



"Children Learn What They Live" is poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte that looks at the concept of behavorism in correlation to the concept that children will become products of their environment. This is a great introductory activity to Careers in Education, as it explores what kind of environment a teacher needs to create in his/her classroom to create a well adjusted child. It identifies what children need to live with in order to feel good about themselves, which should be a goal of all teachers.

Lesson Time

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Education, Child Development, and Family Services
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will identify how the evironment in which a child grows up will effect the development of his/her personality.
  • Students will recognize the effects of parenting techniques on a childs overall development.
  • Students will identify the environment teachers need to develop to effectively guide students
  • Students will identfy strategies they could use to foster positive self esteem in students and children in general.

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