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The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform

The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Closing the achievement gap between rich and poor, a teacher writes, will first require Americans to recognize a far more uncomfortable reality: The policies employed to purportedly address the struggles of low-income children have ushered in a new...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 31, 2012 9:32 AM

Yes, poverty makes a huge difference in student achievement.  

 

Love the last sentence:  (Good schools) emerge from healthy, stable communities. That is, they emerge from a commitment to justice.

AnnC's curator insight, January 1, 2013 10:12 PM

See through the rhetoric to the reality - we need empathy and justice!

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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 | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | 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, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:19 PM

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. 

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 20, 2012 10:57 PM

Kids vary re: academic motivation.  I also think they vary over time.  Don't give up !