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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #219
CE Offered: BACB

Exploring the Possible Causes of the 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make

Sunday, May 24, 2015
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Lila Cockrell Theatre (CC)
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Nicole Luke, Ph.D.
Chair: Nicole Luke (Surrey Place Centre)
CAROLYN ORANGE (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Dr. Carolyn Orange is a professor of educational psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a Ph.D. from Washington University. She owns Carolyn Orange Consulting and is a member of the National Speakers Association. She has produced a video on self-regulation and a Self-Regulation Inventory that has been used in the United States, Italy, and Canada and is translated into Turkish. She has published numerous articles in journals and has made more than 50 presentations. She is the author of 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them, which has been translated into three languages: Thai, Chinese and Slovenian; Quick Reference Guide to Educational Innovations: Practices, Programs, Policies, and Philosophies; and 44 Smart Strategies for Avoiding Classroom Mistakes. Her third book, 44 Smart Strategies for Avoiding Classroom Mistakes, also has been translated into three languages, Simplified Chinese, Arabic and German. Currently, Dr. Orange is writing a new book with Rowan and Littlefield. Some of her honors include induction into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, an entry in Who's Who in the World, receipt of the Constance Allen Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award, and selection for the The Univeristy of Texas's Distinguished Achievement Award--Tenured Teaching Excellence Award.

This session is based on the book, 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them. The premise of the book is that teachers can avoid making mistakes by being made aware of the mistakes of others. In spite of teachers' best intentions and research encouraging best practices, teachers all over the world make mistakes when trying to control student behavior. The need for discipline and control in classrooms is universal. How teachers respond to that need, apparently, also is universal--as evidenced by translation of the book into several languages. Teachers have power--power that can be abused or used constructively. This session will examine what happens when teacher power runs rampant and anger and frustration reigns; also, the consequent effects of the teachers' mistreatment of students and why it happens. Academic trauma, defined as a result of a significant emotional event that is caused by an aversive academic experience usually involving a teacher, will be explored. The motives of teachers, who admitted to mistreating students, will be discussed to find out why they did what they did, possible psychosocial student outcomes, and recommendations for avoiding mistakes.

Keyword(s): student outcomes, teaching, teaching mistakes



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