09. November 2018 - 10:00 till 12:00
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PEPSA Follow Up Making Learning Fun | FAU MacArthur Campus | Friday, 09. November 2018

Making Learning Fun
 
Presenter:  Steve Ward, MA., BCBA 
Steve Ward, MA., BCBA has a broad range of experience.   Over the past 25 years, he has worked as Lead Behavior Analyst for a center school, worked in the CABAS system, and learned the Verbal Behavior Approach and Precision Teaching from leaders in each area.   Steve draws from this "deep well" to design individually tailored interventions to address problem behaviors and to teach a wide variety of important skills, such as daily living, language, leisure, and academics.  But Steve's primary interest is in improving the efficiency of instruction and student quality of life by teaching foundational learner repertoires and social interest.  He has authored several books in these areas and conducts trainings around the world.
Training Description
Learning doesn’t have to be painful. Learners interested in their programming, demonstrating “steam”, learn more quickly and require fewer unnatural reinforcers, such as points, candy, or iPad time.
Steve Ward will discuss how to make learning fun from a number of perspectives. First, he will discuss how to establish pivotal repertoires, such as the development of attention as a reinforcer. Attention is a natural consequence of social behavior and, if effective as a reinforcer, will contribute to the natural emergence of a variety of social behaviors.
Second, Steve will review a variety of popular instructional targets and discuss some options for teaching those targets in fun ways. Some of these options are specific to a particular target, such as the use of Scavenger Hunts to address reading comprehension. Others provide generic templates through which any content can be practiced, such as “Jeopardy” or “Intraverbal Pursuit”.
Finally, Steve will describe benefits and methods of teaching a variety of specific games. Participants will be guided through processes for planning fun instructional activities for a student they know, and will practice gauging learner interest.
Follow-Up Assignment:
1. List three fun contexts likely to enhance peer interactions. Identify needed skills to be taught and teach those skills in a way students would perceive as fun. How did the students react? What did you learn?
2. Identify and implement two strategies for Making Learning Fun. Explain the strategies developed, skill(s) being taught and the impact on the student’s behavior and learning outcome(s).

  
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If you require any additional information about this training, please contact: Mercedes Pagano, 561-212-8058 or paganom@fau.edu
 

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