Teaching Students How to Succeed Means Teaching Them How to Plan

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? Sometimes the most obvious things in life are the things we forget to teach students. I am from Utah, so I grew up in the heyday of the Franklin Quest planners, with every adult carrying a 3″ thick planner and their entire lives planned out to the 30 minutes. … More Teaching Students How to Succeed Means Teaching Them How to Plan

How to Decide Whether Behavioral Interventions Are Actually Necessary

An Educational Aside Over the course of my life, I have been surrounded by autism. Autistic kids have been some of my favorite companions and my twin brother was always willing to be my partner in crime, or allow me to be his. This being the case, I have developed an eye for what behaviors … More How to Decide Whether Behavioral Interventions Are Actually Necessary

Life After a PhD, The Importance of Getting Certifications

A Personal Aside This is a follow up to a Q&A I wrote two years ago for University Affairs magazine From Ph.D. to Life section (link-out available here).¬† In that piece, I described how I made the segue from neuroscience research to working as a teacher in a special education classroom. Please¬†go and read that … More Life After a PhD, The Importance of Getting Certifications

To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance – US Army 7Ps I will start this post with two fairly controversial assertions that I will defend later. In schools, we do not collect nearly enough data on student behavior When we do collect data, they are most likely the wrong … More To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact

An Education Aside So I have been thinking a lot about behavior and why I am able to effect significant change in a classroom when people purportedly more qualified than myself fail. I have come to the conclusion that my success is entirely the approach I take. This method was learned from my mother and … More Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact