Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #72
The Elements of Effective Instruction
Saturday, May 27, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Ronald C. Martella, Ph.D.
Chair: Ronald C. Martella (University of Oklahoma)
NANCY MARCHAND-MARTELLA (University of Oklahoma)
RONALD C. MARTELLA (University of Oklahoma)
AMEDEE MARTELLA (Carnegie Mellon University)

This presentation will highlight the four big ideas of effective instruction. These big ideas include (a) setting expectations, (b) increasing student engagement, (c) providing praise, and (d) correcting errors. Research supporting these four elements will be shared. Illustrative videos and participant practice using research validated programs will be included in the presentation. Expectations involve a focus on establishing expectation routines and teaching them explicitly. Increasing student engagement will focus on choral responding, use of white boards, and other response card requirements. Providing praise will emphasize the use of general and special praise statements. Finally, correcting errors will involve modeling and firming practices to ensure future success. Problem solving scenarios will also be shared.

Instruction Level: Intermediate



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