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Six Alternatives to Book Reports | Education Rethink

Six Alternatives to Book Reports | Education Rethink | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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Some really great questions to get kids engaged, thinking and satisfied.   Good way to teach social skills to.  May up your own questions about certain social situations from a story. #socialemotionallearning

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The School Kindness Project

The School Kindness Project | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
In tough times, kindness—both in and out of the classroom—is crucial to student success, writes high school teacher Adam Sherman.
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Sometimes it's easy to assume kids know how to be kind to each other.  But I think we all need to be reminded from time to time.  How will you be extra kind this week? #socialemotionallearning

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5 steps to a problem-solving classroom culture | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps to a problem-solving classroom culture | eSchool News | eSchool News | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Today's students can learn solid problem-solving skills with a few targeted instructional strategies.
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What do you do to foster a problem-solving culture in your groups?  #socialemotionallearning

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8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school. It can be bad grades that will discourage them to be inactive and to rebel. It can be the environment that can be stifling and suffocating for the students. It can be the fact that many of them don’t find it easy to see …
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Good thoughts to have around and share with students. #socialemotionallearning

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WeAreTeachers: Infographic: Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math

WeAreTeachers: Infographic: Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Explore math concepts with classic Lego bricks.
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As a lover of Lego, I think this is absolutely brilliant for teaching math.  Check it out.  

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
A practical and engaging guide to smart studying tips.
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I honestly don't think there is much new in this article. but it is a good reminder that every student has a unique approach and preferences to learning.  

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Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo In the High School Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo In the High School Classroom | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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Class Dojo is being used by more and more schools.  It can help support professionals with goal monitoring.

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Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower

Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Study found fitter kids had different white matter, which helps brain regions communicate with each other
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If you think about the theories and practices of sensory interaction, this would seem to make sense.   How often to you get your students up and moving in your practice?  I would wonder what the white matter would look like for the child who just plays video games or watches TV and doesn't get up much?

 

 

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Victory is a Direction, not a Destination

Victory is a Direction, not a Destination | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Whether you are a classroom teacher or a parent (or both), you can take action right now to create a positive, encouraging, and engaging learning environment. Be consistent and persistent in your e...
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This is a nice piece that discusses school engagement and relationship building.  It has a number of great resources for teachers and parents. Check it out.

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I wonder what colors say to students.  If they have a blue reading book, would they do better or worse than one with a red cover?

 

What about classroom design?  What colors would be best?

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Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking

Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

How might some of these tips be used with studenWhen it comes to creativity, one of our biggest concerns is usually how we can be more creative, or how to come up with better ideas. Research in this area is all over the place, but I've gathered ...

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How might some of these tips be used with our students?

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Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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A good comparison that would be a great discussion starter about differentiation.  For social workers, I could see this being helpful in a discussion about accommodations for a student.

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Good visual of the differences

 

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation
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Very simple ways to engage students. Nothing new (I hope), but a great refresher. 

 

I think in a world where we are so serious about outcomes, we have to do what we can to have fun and put the student first.

 

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School Mental Health Minute - Episode 75 - YouTube

School Mental Health Minute - Episode 75 - YouTube | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
This week's episode reviews previous studies that look at adolescent emotional intelligence and its' relationship with psychological maladjustment.
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These video are brief and could easily be shown at a staff meeting to start a conversation.  This one talks about Emotional Intelligence and life challenges. #socialemotionallearning

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These video are brief and could easily be shown at a staff meeting to start a conversation.  This one talks about Emotional Intelligence and life challenges. #socialemotionallearning

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Ohio counties pass levy that protects children against lifetime risk of mental illnesses - Children's Mental Health Network

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Has anyone had direct experience with this program (PAX GOOD Behavior Game?)  #socialemotionallearning

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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

Whie,When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

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How does knowing this change our thinking about teaching or intervening with students?  What should be the messages that we communicate to educators? to the parents? and to the students themselves? #socialemotionalearning

 

 

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.
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How much homework is too much?  How much sleep is too little?  Thoughts?

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom - Reading Horizons

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom - Reading Horizons | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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Nice summary of Levels of Engagement and ways to increase engagement.  Nice info graphic. 

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#YouMatter: It's Always A Good Time to Show You Care - MSW@USC

#YouMatter: It's Always A Good Time to Show You Care - MSW@USC | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
USC School of Social Work invites you to participate in You Matter, a grassroots campaign designed to foster well-being and positive mental health.
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What a great concept. it meets youth where they are at and shows how technology can build people up. 

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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This article emphasizes the need to teach critical thinking about content people see on the web.  It also encourages exploration. How would you incorporate some of these concepts in your practice to teach social-emotional learning?

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

These questionSeven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.

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These are great relationship building questions for all school personnel.

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How Visuals Help Us Learn - Edudemic

How Visuals Help Us Learn - Edudemic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

How do you use videos in your practiceSince we talked yesterday about the plethora of different types of visuals available to present information, we thought it might be useful to take a look at why visuals are useful as classroom tools, and some do-s and don’t-s of using visuals. Enter the handy infographic below. While this particular visual isn’t necessarily geared towards teachers, …

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How do you use visuals in your practice?  I like the do's and don't section as well as the stats about how fast a brain processes information.  How might we use these ideas in socio-emotional learning?

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The  why's, do's and  don'ts of using visuals .

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10 Ways Kindergarten Can Stop Failing Our Kids

10 Ways Kindergarten Can Stop Failing Our Kids | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Kindergarten was once about play and experimentation. Why can't it be that way again?

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Kids- especially young ones-  need permission to color outside of the lines and have milk & cookies every day... Do you agree?

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.
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Simple, but powerful...   Sometimes I find myself tongue tied and can think of a next question. These are great to always have in your back pocket.

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Personalize your learning environment

Personalize your learning environment | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Transforming a traditional classroom into a personalized learning environment takes a process. Personalized learning experts Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey tell you how you can set it in motion.
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What a great concept!- Tailoring APPs and programs based on a child's strengths and challenges.   

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