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Terrance by Joris Debeij | Short Film

Terrance by Joris Debeij | Short Film | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
A quiet, yet powerful portrait about a young man named Terrance and his struggles to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.
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Big Hero 6 – Really Funny Movie

Big Hero 6 – Really Funny Movie | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Film and television reviews by our resident autistic film critic Maymay. The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group...
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Maymay has autism. This is so cool that she writes movie reviews as a way to practice writing.  What a great idea!

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My School Found a Way to Make Students With Disabilities Feel Included

My School Found a Way to Make Students With Disabilities Feel Included | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
“ Social inclusion is the next major step in realizing an education dream that promises to serve every child equally....”
Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Special needs students need contact with peers who are similar and different. General education connections are so important for everyone.
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Growth Mindset Picture Books

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This list came across my e-mail.  The growth mindset has a great deal of research around it.  This books might help with helping kids re-frame their thinking  #oscialemotionalearning

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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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Students in high poverty schools lose learning time

Students in high poverty schools lose learning time | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

This is interesEven though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, a new report concludes.

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This is interesting.  Another case why socio-emotional and environmental needs require attention.  #socialemotionallearning

 

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The Best Places To Get The "Same" Text Written For Different "Levels"

The Best Places To Get The "Same" Text Written For Different "Levels" | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

I would thinmwebsites like these Having the "same" text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that i...

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These types of websites are an important tool to help students have access to the curriculum.  Share them with other staff. 

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Team Shake and Other Ways to Group Partners- Engage Their Minds

Team Shake and Other Ways to Group Partners- Engage Their Minds | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
“ I have been using Class Dojo to randomly make teams or select partners, but it isn’t exactly the fastest way to do it. Last week, I heard about an app called, “Team Shake,” which is so much faster! It does cost .99, so I just downloaded it to my phone rather than a school iPad. Once I input the names of the students for a class (or a club), all I have to do is choose the number of groups I want and shake to sort everyone immediately. Since I have multiple classes and clubs, I am able to save each one separately and load them whenever I need them.”
Via John Evans
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What a great tool! So simple a concept, but so helpful for larger group situations.
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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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Expect, encourage, teach kindness. 

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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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