Category Archives: Learner Behavior

Stirring the Pot in Education!


Wow, I knew that this whole social media thing was powerful.  But something happened to me yesterday that I never could have predicted! I wrote a post earlier this summer called Three Revised Things to Unlearn about Learning.  One reader … Continue reading

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A Simple Friday Feel-Good for Educators


This week I was really inspired by a piece that Kathy Cuff wrote for the Blanchard LeaderChat site, “Got a new employee? 3 ways to show you care.” Here is Kathy’s list of those 3 ways: 1.  Never reprimand a … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Motivation can be Aversive


A few days ago, a friend of mine, Matt Welch, wrote something on his blog that totally blew my mind. There’s been so much conversation lately, on this blog and others, debating the use and value of intrinsic and extrinsic … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Suspending Kids with Disabilities


I read an article in the NY Times this past week that made me really angry.  I don’t tend to get angry much….irritated, frustrated, outraged, yes, but not often angry.  Some of you may have seen the article, Suspensions Are Higher … Continue reading

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Goodbye Teacher


Last week I was reading a blog that discussed different teaching methodologies.  One of those methods was Programmed Instruction (PI), a method that was developed by B.F. Skinner.  PI dates back to the 1950s when Skinner developed his Teaching Machine. … Continue reading

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Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Digital Content for Education


There is just so much digital content out there … a simple Google search reveals hundreds of education technology companies offering digital content products. And the difficult part for teachers and parents is that the claims these companies make all … Continue reading

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Three Revised Things to Unlearn About Learning


Tina Barseghian wrote a nice piece today for Mind Shift about Will Richardson‘s 2012 ISTE presentation.  I often find myself disagreeing with Will’s posts on his site and this time is no exception.  My biggest point of disagreement with Will … Continue reading

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Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation…a false dichotomy?


I had a fascinating “debate” of sorts with some of my Twitter colleagues two weeks ago. We were discussing the recent article, Freakonomics Goes to School and Teaches Us the Right Way to Bribe Kids, that appeared in The Atlantic … Continue reading

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Carrots and StickKs…Achieving Behavior Change Goals


Last week I attended the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Seattle, Washington.  It’s a meeting that I have attended nearly every year for the past 20 years.  As the years go by I find … Continue reading

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What Do Austin Powers and My Mom Have in Common?


“Oh, Behave!” My post today is in honor of my mom, Jane Mahon, and other mothers out there who do an awesome job parenting, just based on their natural intuition.  They didn’t need any of that fancy book-learnin’ that I … Continue reading

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