All posts by drmikebeverley

A site about education—intended for parents, teachers and academics. Mike Beverley is a lecturer at Bangor University, North Wales and the director of a specialised year three module: Evidence-based Behavioural Methods in Education. He supervises students with their research projects and often these projects are conducted in local schools, intervening with children who are failing academically (e.g., maths, writing, spelling, and reading) and he has also been involved in the development of a Welsh Parent Tutor Program to help teach children to read effectively in their first language—Welsh He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1995, he obtained the Teacher in Higher Education postgraduate qualification in 2003, and finished his PhD at Bangor University in 2012 (PhD Title: Using precision teaching strategies and tactics to increase essential skill fluency). His research interests have been broadly focused on educational applications of behaviour analysis and more specifically in the use of Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction. He has also studied at the Morningside Academy’s Summer School program in Seattle and he has conducted training workshops in Precision Teaching in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Norway as well as presenting his research at international conferences.

Rick Kubina

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Is teaching a profession?

Another fantastic, yet true, post from Greg Ashman.

Echoing the thought of

Carnine, D. (2000). Why education experts resist effective practices (And what it would take to make education more like medicine). Washington, DC: Thomas. B. Fordham Foundation.

Snider, V. E. (2006). Myths and misconceptions about teaching: What really happens in the classroom. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Source: Is teaching a profession?

The skill of competence

Beautifully crafted piece of writing, by Greg Ashman, illustrating the need for competence through practice. Yes it is interesting that certain parts of the brain are active when performing different activities, but we cannot rewire kids–we need to give them many opportunities to practice and gain immediate feedback on their individual performance. Only then will they have the basic skills on which to base higher thinking skills.

Ray Charles was interviewed on radio and asked how he prepared for his concerts and the many songs he might have to play. He indicated that he did not practice a particular set of songs but merely made sure he practiced the basics–musical scales. This allowed him to improvise however he wished, in the moment.


Source: The skill of competence