A Precision Teaching Case Study – Teaching Basic Literacy Skills to a Developmentally Delayed Student

The Student was a twelve year old boy diagnosed as being developmentally delayed. He lives in the U.S., although his first language is not English. He was enrolled in an academic tutorial program to prepare him for school entry. His program includes language, reading (decoding), reading comprehension, math, spelling, cursive and creative writing. In the beginning,…

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Numeral Writing as an Introduction to Cursive Writing

Most people pay scant attention to cursive writing skills, but this inability can be a major barrier to completing written tasks, especially for children in elementary classrooms. Students are forced to rely on their printing skills when cursive is not carefully taught. Generally in elementary schools today, there is little formal instruction as to how…

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Repeal the Law of Gravity – It’s Old and It Sucks

Yesterday I received a telephone call from a fellow educator. His dream is to build a digital conduit for teachers through which good ideas and good lesson plans could be shared. While I liked his excitement, I also noted my reservations, namely that well-designed lessons needed a certain quality. ·      They have to cover a domain…

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Official Launch: Fourth Series of the Maloney Method Course at University of West Florida

On April 1, 2019, the University of West Florida hosts the official launch of the fourth series of the Maloney Method Integrated teaching strategies course. Three major behavioral methods combine to assist individuals with language and literacy deficits, including those on the ASD spectrum. The 12-week long course is the largest amalgamation of Behavior Analysis,…

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Count On It! – A Simple Solution for Gathering Frequency Data

One of the challenges of data collection is in the difficulty of recording an accurate count. Teachers and therapists cannot easily carry a clipboard and pen in classrooms or therapy sessions. Behavioral interventions require data. Decisions are made on the basis of the data collected. Decisions for program changes take into account the performance of…

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Course Starting Again in January

That’s right! More and more people are adopting the Maloney Method thanks to the help we are getting from the University of West Florida. Teaching Strategies Workshop Course The Maloney Method has teamed up with the University of West Florida ABA department to offer this online course, now open to the public.   The course…

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Teaching Regular and Proper Nouns

Students need to learn grammar skills in order to learn communication skills. They also require grammar skills in order to do well with later analytical and independent thinking skills. Teach your students to recognize nouns using the lesson provided. Present the first five examples using the script. the script uses a Model, Lead, Test format…

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Teaching the Final “E” Rule in Spelling

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take the frustration and confusion out of spelling lessons? Here’s the good news – with the right instructional design, you can do just that! Here’s the better news – if you can follow a script, you can solve the problem! Here’s an example lesson covering the Final “e”…

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Basic Concept of Fractions – Complete Lesson

  Fractions can be one of the most difficult concepts to understand for young learners, if they don’t have the right skills and if the new ideas are not presented well. Direct Instruction takes care of both of these pre-requisites. DI programs build methodically from one basic idea to the next, so that learners don’t…

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Teaching Order of Operations – Whole and Complete Lesson

After students reach fluency in math facts, fact families, fractions and multi-step math problems, the next steps involve order of operations. Here is a whole and complete lesson for you to use for free. This lesson uses Direct Instruction scripting to reduce frustration and confusion for the student. It also uses behavior objectives and precision…

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