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Welcome to Teaching Methods That Work! For over a decade there has been immense public, political, and academic concern about the quality of both general and higher education and the fact that the schools are failing to teach our children what they need to know to succeed in this society. Our respShow More

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PDF CCBS Online Brochure
A downloadable PDF describing our organization, mission, programs and the people who volunteer their time and effort, our Board of Directors, Trustees and Advisors.


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PDF Recommended Reading & Viewing about Direct Instruction
Links to a downloadable PDF book and video about Direct instruction.
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HTM The Eden Conspiracy
Dr. Joe Harless was one of Dr. Carl Binder’s main mentors in the performance improvement world.  Thanks to Carl and Dr. Harless’ widow, Carol Harless, the Center will be republishing The Eden Conspiracy, a visionary book by Dr. Joe Harless about designing educational curriculum anchored in the accomplishments students should be able to achieve professionally and as citizens, rather than being built around bodies of knowledge or subject matter.
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PDF Education That Works: The Child is Always Right
What would happen if we assumed the student is always right? That it's the teaching not the students that needs revision? For thirty years, an unheralded group of ''behavior analysts'' have been doing just that! Their research has demonstrated that all students (''special ed,'' low IQ, disadvantaged, non-English speaking, many problem behavior students, most ''slow learners'' and many ''Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'' (ADHD) children) can learn at roughly the same rate, though they begin and end at different levels. The following article explores the current teaching system and how effective methods of teaching can be applied to improve the education system.
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PDF Getting Along at School
This article relates to creating relationships at school. All grade school newcomers face these adjustments to being on their own. They develop new ways to fit in, get their measure of attention, and deal with a new school, new friends and sometimes new enemies. But many need to be taught the strategies of making friends, cooperating in a class, and working out problems with classmates.
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PDF Helping with School Skills
This article focuses on the importance of school and how to keep your children motivated and successful.Adults looking back on their childhood realize that school success was a critical ingredient of day-to-day happiness. If you can help your child/teen in this important part of his or her life, what a gift it is! School is such a large part of a teen's life that if it isn't going well, it clouds almost all other activities.
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PDF Magical Thinking
Today many students believe they might make it even to enormous financial success just by luck, or by skill in sports, or by knowing the right people. It's a possibility promoted by contests on TV and in the news. So without incentives to focus attention on the learning at hand, many students become victims of magical thinking about success, and they develop unrealistic views of how luck will carry them through.
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PDF Management Styles in the Classroom
Nice, short overview of classroom management by Glenn Latham
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PDF Perception, Expectancy, and Belief: Barriers to Measurement and Standards of Evidence. (2010). Twyman, Janet. Conference Presentation.
Applications of behavior science have resulted in tremendous gains across a range of human endeavors, especially with children with special needs. A quality education program is derived from a thorough understanding of behavior analysis, stresses individualization of student curriculum, and is continually evaluated and redesigned based upon learner performance. Effective teaching practices are derived from a science of behavior, with teachers continually measuring and evaluating progress towards successful educational outcomes. Critical components include observing, recording, and examining student behavior; a crucial tool is measurement. Reporting from observation alone renders the information subject to errors due to perceptual or memory constructions, misjudgments, or fallacies from expectancy and belief. This presentation will illustrate some of the bias inherent in observation alone, and will describe simple methods of measurement that engender objectivity, corroboration, promote standards of evidence.
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PDF Project Follow Through by Cathy L. Watkins
Project Follow Through: A Case Study of Contingencies Influencing Instructional Practices of the Educational Establishment. ABSTRACT: Project Follow Through, originally conceived in 1967 as a social action program to extend Head Start into the primary grades, became an educational experiment aimed at finding effective methods for educating disadvantaged children. Follow Through, in effect, created a national learning laboratory, providing a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of a variety of educational methods. The results indicated that the Direct Instruction model and, to a lesser degree, the Behavior Analysis model provided viable solutions to the problem of teaching disadvantaged children. Yet, the results of the Follow Through evaluation have been virtually ignored by the educational establishment. This paper presents a case history of Project Follow Through and examines the factors that have led the educational establishment to ignore teaching methods that are effective in raising the academ
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