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The Inspiring Teacher: Bob Sullo: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

The Inspiring Teacher: Bob Sullo: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
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Just out!~  A marvelous book by my new friend, Bob Sullo!~

 

Why Read The Inspiring Teacher?

Let’s start with an obvious question: “Who should read The Inspiring Teacher?” Fair enough question. In putting together this newly revised edition, I had three specific groups in mind.

The Inspiring Teacher is for every teacher and teacher in training who wants more than just a job. It is for those who want to create rich, meaningful professional identities. It is for those who want to positively impact the lives of their students. It is for those who are determined to make a difference. The Inspiring Teacher is also for every parent who wants their kids to internalize important values and behave responsibility even when no one is watching and there is no promise of a “Student of the Month” award or a “Good Boy/Good Girl” shouted in their direction.

If you’re in at least one of these groups, The Inspiring Teacher is for you.

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30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic

30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What are the real ways students learn? Is daydreaming a good thing? Should they play violent video games? A new report takes a close look.
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Always been a fan of blocks, music and movement!

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A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Ignite the Motivational Flame

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Ignite the Motivational Flame | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Not all kids are equally motivated. Students vary tremendously in their motivation, even at an early age. Here is a baker's dozen of motivational strategies that can re-ignite the motivational flame.

Via Beth Dichter, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Kids vary re: academic motivation.  I also think they vary over time.  Don't give up !

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How often do you struggle with a student, trying to motivate them to be engaged? The author of this post states "I pirate much of my thinking about motivation, kids’ achievement and success in life from my work with young, elite soccer players." He goes on to say that motivation that is found with young soccer players is also found with students in the classroom, that it "makes a real difference." He also provides a short historical background before sharing 13 motivational techniques, with explanations that explain why some techniques do not work for some children. 

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Connection Between CCSS and Student Motivation

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I believe that a tell-tale sign of a change initiative that has merit is one that quickly takes teacher conversation to the student motivation question.

 

Love this post.  Motivation, engagement and education are topics I am passionate about.  To impact our learners, we must understand what motivates them.  This understanding will certainly change how we do what we do in our classrooms.  


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Great share! Thank you!
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10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design

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I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule.

 

Great book.  I saw this come alive in my son who, at 16 "wanted to be a musician" but was going through a period where hanging out with friends was all he could think about.  Having read the book, I challenged him to the 10,000 hours premise (and asked that if he wanted my backing on the music, he had to Prove to me his sincerity).  Well.........he became hyperfocused at that point and indeed, mastered percussion in ways that astounded me.  

 

Practice.  A vital piece of mastery.  Without time on task, you have mediocrity.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 2014 1:38 PM

When I coached hockey, I used to tell my players and parents that if you practice something well for 10, 000 hours expect good results. If you practice something poorly for 10, 000 hours, expect frustration and poor results. I think when people realize doing something well requires commitment and perseverance to practice they can become enlivened in their learning.

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Personalize Learning Newsletter - Motivation, Engagement, and Voice

Personalize Learning Newsletter - Motivation, Engagement, and Voice | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

This has been a very busy fall with many requests for our process to build sustainable personalized learning environments for the Race to the Top - District proposals. On top of that, we are leading webinars, participating in panels, speaking in keynote addresses, doing workshops, creating eCourses, setting up Communities of Practice (CoP), interviewing thought leaders, and important research on motivation, engagement, and voice. This means we continue to create new resources, refine the process, and personalize our services to meet your needs.

 

Roles change for teachers and learners when personalizing learning in all three stages. Moving to Stage One where learners have a voice and choice takes time, a shared vision, and a Community of Practice (CoP) supporting each other. This chart above provides how roles change for teachers and learners in Stage One.

 

The research by Tashalis and Nakkula on Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice from Students at the Center provides a great rationale for learners who have a voice in how they learn and are more motivated and engaged in the learning process. This is about learners having a stake in their learning. We highly recommend reading this research if you plan to personalize learning for your learners.

 

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My Voice National Student Report 2012:

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My Voice provides educators with a powerful tool for understanding both what motivates and inspires students to achieve, and how well students believe their school is meeting those objectives. My Voice is a powerful tool for initiating innovative, meaningful school reform.  

 

Global summary:  

 

Student-teacher relationships, which can be powerful contributors to student engagement
and academic success, are in need of improvement; moreover, perceptions of studentteacher relationships appear to weaken, rather than strengthen, through the middle school
and into the high school years.
– At all levels of secondary education, students need to be more engaged—and trends across
the grade levels suggest this problem gets worse, not better, the longer students are in
school; and
– While learning in school in general is perceived as important, it is not perceived as
particularly relevant to many students’ lives, and this perceived relevance generally declines
as students progress through school.

 

This document needs to be read and read well for those looking to change the culture of their building.  

 

 

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Myth #1 of Mastery Learning – It’s self-taught

While running a mastery learning science classroom, I encountered a lot of myths – from students, parents, administrators and colleagues.  My book on mastery in the science classroom walks yo...
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Mastery learning.........an effective way to keep kids engaged.  

 

"I actually spend far, far more time interacting with students about the content, their understanding of it and answering their questions when running a self-paced mastery classroom than I ever did running a traditional classroom!"

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation -

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won't get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they're not motivated. Motivation,…
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Student motivation through engagement & intrinsic rewards

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On the lookout for motivation strategies that work? Read blog posts, interviews and studies, all from 2012, for fresh ideas to engage learners.
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Cultures of Thinking REsources

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An incredible amount of resources for the understanding of Cultures of Thinking.  

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Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.

 

The research at the Students at the Center (studentsatthecenter.org) wrote nine reports on student-centered learning. Eric Toshalls, Ed.D., and Michael Nakkula, Ed.D. in one report, wrote the research on “Learning Theory: Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice” that described:

 

The Trifecta of Student Centered Learning

Motivation - Without motivation, there is no push to learn
Engagement - Without engagement, there is no way to learn
Voice - Without voice, there is no authenticity in learning

 

“For students to create a new knowledge, to succeed academically, and to develop into healthy adults, they require each of these experiences.” -Toshalls and Nakkula

 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Personalized learning as described in the research at Brown is built on the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that is based upon decades of brain-research and neuroscience of individual differences, human variability and on how we learn. UDL is often thought about how it relates to special education, but to dispel that myth, the UDL principles is about how we understand how every learner learns.

 

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