Blogger Todd Finley explores the value of Classroom Norming to help learners.
Celebrated teachers like Jamil Odom, Ron Clark, and Rebecca Mieliwockicreate transcendent classroom cultures year after year. It’s not magic, it’s science.
Our modern understanding of social norming occurred in 1936, when Muzafer Sherif studied the autokinetic effect, a phenomenon that occurs when people observe a stable light inside a dark space. After time passes, everyone "sees" the light move. Sherif, on a hunch, asked confederates to enter the room and offer a contradictory perception. The participants, without realizing they had been tricked, revised their original judgment to align with the confederates' stated perception. Later, even when participants re-entered the room alone, they continued to believe that the confederates' perceptions were correct.