Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W50
Two-for-One Teaching: A Relational Frame Theory Approach to Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Into Academic Instruction
Friday, May 22, 2020
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: EDC/DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jonathan Weinstein, Ph.D.
Description: In this highly experiential, make-and-take workshop, we’ll learn protocols that incorporate values work into academic units. Informed by evidence-based psychological science, the workshop will involve writing, drawing, food metaphors, Relational Frame Theory, making stuff you can use, and empowering students to become the people they want to be. As a set of Tier 1 interventions that teachers can incorporate flexibly into their classrooms, students learn to do meaningful academic work while also learning how they want to approach their education, their work, their surroundings, and each other. After learning each protocol by doing it ourselves, we’ll reflect on the process and see an example of what it looks like in a classroom. Then, based on what we’ve just learned, we’ll create materials so we can use the protocols with our students. Along the way, we’ll discover how some of the psychological science of empowering students discover and do what matters to them, and we’ll learn how to structure units to incorporate SEL into every stage.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Lead six protocols that augment the functions of academic tasks to also include perspective-taking, values exploration, and committed action. 2. Name the three elements of deictic framing and describe its benefits in the classroom. 3. Describe the difference between conditional and hierarchical framing and their relative benefits in the classroom. 4. Explain how deictic and hierarchical framing function in six protocols. 5. Identify six stages of an academic unit. 6. Design academic units to include social-emotional learning at every stage.
Activities: Instructional strategies include the following work: 1. Experiential: Learn a protocol you can use with students by trying it yourself. 2. Reflective: Debrief the experience and examine how it can apply to your practice. 3. Generative: Based on what you’ve just learned, make something to use in your own work. 4. Iterative: Repeat this cycle so that you’re building a unit throughout the day. Audience members will mostly work in small groups. There will be several short didactic presentations.
Audience: This is a workshop for classroom teachers across the age span from middle school to post-secondary educational settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Tier-1 Intervention



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