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by: jasmine hall
The Big Bang Theory
Who is B.F. Skinner?
B.F. Skinner received his Bachelor's of Art in English Literature from Hamilton College
At the age of 24, Skinner entered the psychology graduate program at Harvard University
Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
B.F. Skinner was the oldest of 2 boys, his father was a lawyer and mother a housewife
In 1936, Skinner married Yvonne Blue
Skinner and Yvonne had two daughters, Julie and Deborah
B.F. Skinner died August 18, 1990
In 1936, at the age of 32, Skinner began his first teaching job at the University of Minnesota
In 1945, Skinner and his family moved to Bloomington, Indiana where he became Psychology Department Chair at the University of Indiana
Skinner later joined the Psychology Department at Harvard Universtiy
By: B.F. Skinner
1935: Two Types of Conditioned Reflex and a Pseudo Type
1948: Walden Two
1968: The Technology of Teaching
1971: Beyond Freedom and Dignity
1989: The Origin of Cognitive Thought
1966: Edward Lee Thorndike Award, American Psychological Association
1968: National Medal of Science from President Lyndon B. Johnson
1971: Gold Medal of the American Psychological Foundation
1972: Human of the Year Award
1990: Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award
Let's Keep Moving
Operant conditiong is the theory that people learn to repeat or stop behaviors based on reinforcements or punishments
The Baby Tender
Operant Conditioning Chamber
Anything that follows a behavior and causes that behavior to be repeated
A pleasant consequence after a behavior is done that increases the chances that the behavior will occur again
When someone learns to perform a behavior in order to make something unpleasant stop
Anything that follows
a behavior, and makes that behavior stop
How does the Operant Conditiong Theory apply in my classroom?
What does the
Operant Conditioning Theory look like in a math lesson?
1. Name a time where you displayed positive or negative reinforcement in your classroom?
2. Do you agree with Skinner when he states that behaviors are influenced by a persons environment?
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educators can avoid "painting themselves into a corner".
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Skinner believed that when students learn, material should be presented in small steps
Students are actively engaged and responding to lesson
teachers give IMMEDIATE feedback
Students work through material at their own pace
See attached word document
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