Data Collection • Observation • Notes & tally • Participant Observation • Interviews/ conversations • Teacher • Aide • Student
distraction DISTRACTION distraction distraction
Talk with student privately Provide an accepting culture Stay close to the student Introduce the lesson with enthusiasm Give clear directions and feedback Highlight the students talents Vary your teaching style Relate instruction to the students interest Provide hands on activities Allow the student some control over what and how he learns Light a motivational firefrom Kenneth Shore
Current teacher • Staying within the comfort zone of a more behaviorist approach • Incorporate some of the above motivation tactics • Alter her teaching style in minor ways to accommodate his lack of attention • Let him stand at his desk • Let him draw the words she is reading (at his desk) • Move from punishment to positive reinforcement (Skinner & Thorndike) • Cards flipping for good behavior • Marbles - each signify some “reward” • Make the positive more immediate (not 20 weeks away!)
Future (less behaviorist) Teacher • Use methods of differentiated instruction • Engaging Ruben in Visual learning techniques • Whole class arts and crafts (ahhh music?) • Allow him to draw and ignore slight distractions • TALK TO HIM!