Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W56
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED Direct Instruction: Small Group Implementation With Typical and Atypical Learners
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Presidio B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Matthew Normand, Ph.D.
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize participants with direct instruction (DI) programs and train participants in the effective implementation of DI lessons within a small group setting of two or more children. Preparation for small group instruction is essential for children’s success as they move from one-on-one home-based instruction to classroom based programs. Preparation for group instruction is an important focus in any instructional setting. Appropriate at the one-on-one instructional level, basic attending skills, turn taking, shared attention and group responding are fundamental elements of every DI lesson; DI lessons can therefore be a vehicle for teaching group participation skills. As children transition to a group instructional format, curriculum materials and teaching methodology typically require adaptations for optimal success. DI procedures, which reinforce group participation skills, will be highlighted and reviewed. Adaptations to the DI curriculum which can be applied to group learning will be emphasized and demonstrated. The application of DI within inclusion settings will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to practice lesson formats within a small group instructional setting. Video demonstrations and vignettes will be included to illustrate workshop learning objectives and to model DI lesson implementation procedures.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. follow scripted lesson formats as outlined in teacher presentation books; 2. correctly utilize sound-out/slash, point-touch, hand drop, and audible signals to ellicit group responses; 3. pronounce and blend sounds accurately, according to the sound pronunciation guide; 4. identifythe appropriate error correction procedure for a given exercise; 5. carry out the appropriate error correction procedure for a given exercise; 6. discuss protocols for monitoring and record student progress as specified in DI teacher guides.
Activities: The workshop will begin with presenters overviewing the schedule for the day. This will be followed by an introduction: BEACON Services, Evergreen Center, and Criterion Child Enrichment. Then there will be an overview to DI methodology and teaching strategies followed by group practice of signals and error corrections. There will be an overview of DI programs followed by group practice in DI lesson formats. Then there will be a demonstration of methodology within a small group instruction followed by practice of small group lesson implementation. Throughout the workshop, there will be video demonstrations and discussion.
Audience: Classroom teachers, behavior analyists with an interest in DI, parents, and program administrators.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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