Tag Archives: Applied behavior analysis

5 Low-Tech Ways to Increase Engagement in Lectures


Today I attended a two-hour workshop put on by a local government agency that shall go unnamed, to protect the not-so-innocent.  It was a good workshop.  I was interested in the topic and I learned a few new things.  That … Continue reading

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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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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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Bizarro World: Is Algebra Necessary?


I had a whole other post planned for today, but it got bumped because yesterday I, like many of you, read the strangest op/ed piece that I think I’ve ever read in the NY Times.  And that’s saying something.  In … 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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With Analytics, Don’t be a Sheep!


In this brave new world of big data and analytics in education, we have a lot of thinking to do.  Having a ton of data to inform what we do and analytics to help customize our instruction has the potential … 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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What ever happened to Errorless Learning?


Lately it seems like I’ve been seeing a bunch of tweets and blog posts talking about errors being good for students because they learn from their mistakes.  WHAT??  When did this trend start?  And how? I’m not saying that kids … Continue reading

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Apply! Apply! Apply!


“Today we are fortunate to have a guest blogger, Dr. Melisa (Missy) Reed from Marshall University.  Missy is an expert in Special Education and Behavior Disorders and has trained many teachers and helped many families over the years.  Her real … Continue reading

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