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A Curriculum of Concerns

A Curriculum of Concerns | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Most excellent teachers have learned what first-rate filmmakers have always known, that to be successful you need to reach your audience emotionally. I want to revisit one the best approaches I know,
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Great ideas.  But personal information needs to be protected.  A trustworthy  environment is key.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 10:24 AM

Great post!  To create engaging lessons, start with student concerns!

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

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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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Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.
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For those that use "Why Try?", could you ask science teachers to become involved in the metaphors by having students look up roller coaster physics?

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A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Why is the college application essay so difficult?

Some common answers: the stakes are high, students haven't written many personal narratives, and they don't understand what admissions officers are
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"Effects of implementing school-wide positive behavioral intervention a" by Erica Evans and Robert K. Gable

One correctional alternative to punitive consequences is School Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. The program’s effects on behavior, achievement, and social behavior of students in a juvenile corrections facility were examined. There was a significant difference in the number of problem behavioral referrals between the pre (n = 130, M = 4.28) and post periods (n = 98, M = 3.23, p =.05, d=.27, small effect size). Themes from a focus group of school personnel (N=6): an improvement of classroom management skills by teachers, inconsistent application of positive behavioral supports, and a lack of administration support for the program.
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Schlechty Center

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Nice video to get you thinking about education from a student's perspective.  Some free tools.  

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The Smart Creative’s Guide to Dressing for Work

The Smart Creative’s Guide to Dressing for Work | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Research tells us that what we wear affects how we think.
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In grad school, we talked a lot about how dress was a tool that we used to help engage clients. I wonder what is truly appropriate attire for educators. The answer it would seem would be "it depends". What is the purpose? The other question would be "How should students dress?" Many schools have adopted uniform policies. But what about for various activities? Should students where lab coats when doing science? What about when taking a test? Or reading for pleasure? Should we have official looking "toolkits" for come activities?
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Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Tween Brains, Part III: How to Work It Out In The Classroom

Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Tween Brains, Part III: How to Work It Out In The Classroom | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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Some fun and good ideas. 

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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Physically fit children absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing schools’ physical education programs.
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The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions - Durlak - 2011 - Child Development - Wiley Online Library

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Starting with the End in Mind

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I wonder how this would work with a social skills group.  "At the end of 6 weeks, you will ask at least one child on the playground to play ..."  

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18 Blogs Explain Brain Breaks and Why they are Important

18 Blogs Explain Brain Breaks and Why they are Important | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
As an adult, you've likely experienced a time when you've been in a training session or a meeting and felt like you were at a breaking point and couldn't focus
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We all need breaks.  Kids are no exception.

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Lakeville test shows iPads boosted education in many classrooms

Lakeville test shows iPads boosted education in many classrooms | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
A new report shows that the Lakeville district’s investment in technology is paying off in terms of student learning and motivation
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Every teacher appeared to have a technology plan which seems to have contributed towards the success.

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Minnesota requires fewer classroom hours than other states. Does it matter?

Minnesota requires fewer classroom hours than other states. Does it matter? | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Last summer, school Superintendents Jane Berenz and Jay Haugen had a tough idea to sell to parents.
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I liked how by doing some prelimary assessment, the student then has a chance to meet the teacher.  I wonder how long the assessing takes. Relatonships and time- they are two of the most important assets in educating our kids.

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Five Things to Know about Children and Sleep

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This was surprising to me. Sleep is a foundation for all kids (and adults).  Parents still should watch media use before bedtime.

 

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How to Grow an Engaging Learning Environment

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When I worked in a day treatmentAt Holiday Heights Elementary School near Fort Worth, Texas, what was once a patch of Bermuda grass has become a hub for active learning. Students regularly head to the school garden to learn about p

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When I worked in a day treatment setting, we tended a small flower garden. I was shocked when one of the high schoolers was totally fascinated with a worm! Real life experiences are so removed from some of our kids lives'.  How have you taught social skills using "real life" experiences?

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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

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Summer learning loss is a real problem. In fact, research suggests student lose more than two months of math knowledge during the summer, and reading skill loss is similar.

Here, we’ve compiled a few
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Never too early or late to be thinking about summer planning.  Great resource to share with families.

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Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets - YouTube

This video is from the Vook "Mind in the Making: The Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs Volume. Download this Vook here: http://bit.ly/jz49Jo and experi...
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This video suggests that students engage in greater academic risk taking when they have been praised for their effort versus praised for how "smart" they are.  What are the implications for the therapy group? 

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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Eighty percent of what we do as learning engineers is ask questions. Because this is such a big part of what we do to inspire learning, we should do it really well!
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I like the term "Educational Engineer." Having those deeper level questions handy is a must. There's the old cliche': fail to plan, plan to fail. This ties in nicely with Cultures of Thinking work.
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Creating the Culture of Positive Behavioral Supports

This video is also available at the National Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (http://www.pbis.org). The video provides a look at el...
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SmartBlog on Education - Looking around: Creating a learning environment (even without a teacher) - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Looking around: Creating a learning environment (even without a teacher) - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
We sat, afraid to move lest we interfere with the learning and interaction we were witnessing. Children -- young children -- moved throughout the classroom
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1000 Awesome Things

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A time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things by Neil Pasricha
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This woulkd be something cool to do with students. Create a list of awesome things.

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Brain Rules video | Brain Rules |

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Brain Rules by John J. Medina is a multimedia project explaining how the brain works. It includes a book, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of interactive tutorials.
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'Active' Student Engagement Goes Beyond Class Behavior, Study Finds

'Active' Student Engagement Goes Beyond Class Behavior, Study Finds | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
While educators often focus on class behavior as a measure of student engagement, a new study finds subtler facets of engagement can be harder to flag but just as critical for their long-term academic success.
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I like that this article differentiates between high achieving students and low   achieving students and that they require different approaches.  I would like to see what other correlations they found.

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SmartBlog on Education - A problem with success - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - A problem with success - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports -- PBIS -- has become a permanent, organizing structure for more and more schools. For schools where behavio
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SmartBlog on Education - The first question - SmartBrief SmartBlogs

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As a teacher, you can see it right away. The excitement on the faces of students. A whole classroom of laptops, lids raised. The expectation that the lear
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Always know your purpose!

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