Pritchard's Picks 2013

The following are Pritchard’s Picks – The JKP list provides you a smattering of topics that should deliver a good presentation and solid content. These were constructed by JKP as well as lab alum: Ryan O’Donnell and Mark Malady. IOA was between 95-98% on all *quality* talks :)
We hope this helps
The Applied Picks should be that for someone wanting to see what is going on in the field and what you can use.
The Conceptual Picks are a series that should whet your appetite for theoretical fun!

Pritchard's Picks 2013

The following are Pritchard’s Picks – The JKP list provides you a smattering of topics that should deliver a good presentation and solid content. These were constructed by JKP as well as lab alum: Ryan O’Donnell and Mark Malady. IOA was between 95-98% on all *quality* talks :)
We hope this helps
The Applied Picks should be that for someone wanting to see what is going on in the field and what you can use.
The Conceptual Picks are a series that should whet your appetite for theoretical fun!

Teacher Tenure p1

Tenure is defined as “the act, right, manner, or term of holding something (as a landed property, position, or office); especially: a status granted after a trial period to a teacher that gives protection from summary dismissal” (Merriam Webster). Teacher tenure is a controversial form of job protection that is awarded to public teachers after a fairly short trial period (1-7 years). The proponents of teacher tenure support the protection of teachers from unsuitable termination while opponents fear that it will overreach and result in an education system mired in mediocrity.

Chinese New Year 大)年初一 蛇

Happy New Year,

It’s a Chinese new year! Year of the legless lizard! Ok, fine, it’s the year of the snake. I’ve chosen the Chinese New Year to begin my blogging because I am and have been quite interested in the culture of the East. A little known fact about me is that I was a member of the Fellowship for the Advancement of Cultural Education for Students in high school. In fact, I was one of the few Caucasians in the group and began to learn about the traditions of many Oriental and Indian cultures. I plan to write about my experience at TAMS in another post, but suffice it to say, this was my first foray outside of the egocentric US of A culture. I dug it. Because of this, I have now traveled and worked in a variety of countries across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. I plan to hit Asia and Australia this summer.

Ok, so those who know me may suspect that I did not actually choose the Chinese New Year for my first real blog entry, but rather that I took advantage of coincident. That’s probably true. But, I am capitalizing on this coincidence to guide my blog entry. So – I plan to wrap my passion, behavior science, into a blog that is thematically derived from Chinese New Year and cultural diversity. I hope it is of some interest/utility to you.

Dignity for the Child by Katrina Bartell

In the book Beyond Freedom and Dignity, Skinner describes dignity as a process by which people are given credit for their actions. When a person behaves in a way we find reinforcing, we typically deliver social praise or demonstrate signs of approval (e.g. smiling, thumbs up, clapping) to increase the likelihood that the person will repeat this performance in the future.

LiveTweeting!

So, one thing I've begun to do when I'm at a conference is use twitter live. I try to keep up with the speakers and provide some semblance of the talk to those who could not attend. I started it in November, 2012 at the Theory and Philosophy conference and found that it really helped some of my students digest the material and also kept me focused! (It is difficult to tweet the content if you're not attentive).

My first IPTC - perspective from a grad student...

IPTC 2012 was my first precision teaching conference (10th behavior analytic conference in 2.5 years). I enjoyed the location (city/hotel), perks (breakfast/lunch), and the majority of presentations I attended. Unfortunately, the poster session (normally one of my favorite events) was pretty small, with only 10 posters. Let’s go for a x8 on the Yearly Chart (24 posters in 2013)!

The doctor is in...

This is my first entry. I'm trying something new. Each week, I'm going to ask Facebook friends to choose topics, and I'll blog on the most popular. This could be interesting, if lots of people participate. If not -- it'll be utterly boring.

Flights of Fancy

In 1976, Skinner published “Farewell, my lovely” in which he lamented the decline and predicted the eventual cessation of cumulative records in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB). In Brian Kangas’s 2011 “Requiem for my lovely” he revisited the issue of cumulative records in JEAB publications.