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The Best Way to Motivate: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 1)

11/23/2022 |

In this episode, Andrew and David introduce the broad topic of “motivation.” David describes intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation and how motivation practices are usually manipulation tactics that don’t work over the long term. So what do we do instead?

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Cellphones in the Classroom: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 15)

11/17/2022 |

In our latest Deming in Education podcast, Andrew and David talk about a controversial subject: cellphones in classrooms. Should teachers have them? Students? Should they be banned? Or is there another way?

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Thriving on Chaos: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 14)

11/10/2022 |

In this episode, Andrew and David talk about chaos, authority, and when calming the chaos can feel like a loss of control. They explore the “psychology” aspect of Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge, and how that applies to classrooms and and school systems.

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How to Start Setting Operational Definitions: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 13)

11/10/2022 |

Now that we understand Operational Definitions (see Part 12), it’s time to figure out how to use them to get the improvements and results you want. Andrew and David talk about examples of useful Operational Definitions and how they can impact all aspects of education (and beyond!).

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The Importance of Operational Definitions: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 12)

11/10/2022 |

Operational definitions are clearly defined words, phrases, and concepts that everyone working together agrees to use in the same way. Making assumptions about words like “tardy” or “good” is a fast track to confusion and disengagement. In this episode, Andrew and David talk about operational definitions in education – for students, faculty, and administrators.

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Deadly Disease of Employee of the Month: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 11)

11/10/2022 |

Dr. Deming listed 7 Deadly Diseases of Management in Out of the Crisis, and one of the more surprising is #3: Evaluation of performance, merit rating, or annual review. In this episode, David and Andrew discuss the harmful practice of awarding “teacher of the year,” “student of the month,” or other traditional recognition practices. David also offers practical suggestions for alternatives.

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Weaponizing Special Causes: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 10)

11/10/2022 |

In this episode, David and Andrew talk about Common Cause Variation vs Special Cause Variation, and the problem of confusing the two. Using the example of transgender students, David describes how a system’s capability should be expanded rather than using that special cause situation as a weapon to destroy the entire system.

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The Taguchi Loss Function: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 9)

11/10/2022 |

What is the Taguchi Loss Function and how does it apply to education? In this episode, Andrew and David talk about statistician Genichi Taguchi’s idea that the further you move from a measurable quality target, the more quality is lost, even if the item still “meets specifications.” David shows how you can apply this to education.

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The Problem with Standardized Tests: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 8)

11/10/2022 |

In this episode, David and Andrew discuss the dreaded standardized tests, including how they evolved, how they’re used (and not used) now, and what Deming said about them. David also offers practical tips for educators who want to move away from standardized tests in their classrooms.

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Optimization of a System: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 7)

11/10/2022 |

In this episode, David and Andrew discuss going beyond solving problems in schools to preventing them from happening. David also shares a tool for finding the area where optimization of the system would have the greatest impact.

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