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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 1:24 PM

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

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6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought

6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.

The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. The first tip refers teachers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development, which frames student ability in terms of a range: what they can do unassisted, what they can do with the support of a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO), and what they cannot do even with support. This is different for each student, and understanding these ranges for students can help inform grouping decisions, whether you’re using a peer instruction model, ability grouping, or another approach.

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When you form groups in academic or therapeutic settings, how might this be helpful?  All of these pieces are important.

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harloff's curator insight, August 27, 3:48 AM

Nice infographics av very informative.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 27, 7:14 AM

Facilitando el trabajo en el aula...6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought | @scoopit via @joevans http://sco.lt/...

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, August 28, 5:40 PM

This is a great info graphic, but I would also add the importance of praising effort.

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.
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This is a great way to build a positive community.  It has been a strategy that has stood the test of time. 

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How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Play is often the domain of young children, but as those kids become teens, learning playfully maintains its importance, especially as academics and competitive sports take over.
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I wonder if high school students who have problematic behaviors and struggle with school can creatively play...

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I wonder if high school students who have problematic behaviors and struggle with school can creatively play...

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The first step is to implement student centered learning.

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I wonder if high school students who have problematic behaviors and struggle with school can creatively play...

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Are You A Boss Or A Leader [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Are You A Boss Or A Leader [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Managing a group of people does not automatically make you a leader. Ineffectual management can often cause poor performances and high turnover.
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When you work with kids, what role do you take? Are you a boss or a leader?  Do you punish or teach?

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8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On

8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Discover what Robert Marzano and John Hattie, two of the most prominent educational gurus, agree on in this easy-to-read article.
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This article gives some evidenced based principles that should be incorporated into every classroom. 

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How Many Times Should You Try? [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How Many Times Should You Try? [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

If at first you do not succeed then try, try and try again is a saying used in sports. It can be applied to almost in everything we do. Yet, how many times should you try before stopping? Is there a number that most people will try before stopping all together? What is your number of tries or do you have a number? For some that number is much higher than you would think.

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This is a great infographic that demonstrates about perseverance.  It would make a great discussion starter for any type of situation where repeated attempts are necessary in order to achieve success.

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Schools need more Legos & fewer textbooks...

Schools need more Legos & fewer textbooks... | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

Something special is happening in my school district.

It's quite magical actually...

We are purchasing more and more Legos for our students as tools of learning.
Now, don't get me wrong, I know how this sounds...

Kids playing with Legos while at school may appear on the surface as counterproductive when it comes to improving standardized test scores. That may be true (there's not a lot of research out there), but I'm feeling optimistic and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that playing with Legos may just have a positive effect on student learning, student growth and development, AND standardized test scores...

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How do you approach your practice? Is it experiential or paper and pencil?

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How Music Affects Productivity [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How Music Affects Productivity [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Finding out what type of music applied to what type of studying habit was vital for me. I hope today's infographic can help you find yours.
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I find I am so much more productive when I listen to music.  For repetitive tasks, I sometimes will listen to a webinar. 

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10 Compliments Your Kids Need to Hear - iMom

10 Compliments Your Kids Need to Hear - iMom | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Compliments for kids can build them up and help them feel a mother's love.
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What compliments do kids need from teachers or other educators?  How many sincere compliments do you give out a day?  Are you thankful for the kids you serve?

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Free Technology for Teachers: 9 Ideas for Using ClassDojo

Free Technology for Teachers: 9 Ideas for Using ClassDojo | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

In my previous post I mentioned my new-found appreciation for ClassDojo. More importantly I have a new appreciation of why kids like it so much. If you haven't tried ClassDojo before or you have looked at it and thought, "my students won't go for that" take a look at the following nine videos featuring the various ways that you can use ClassDojo.

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While I haven't personally viewed this set of videos, Class Dojo has been used by teachers and school social workers to monitor and provide feedback to schools. It could be used in small groups as a feedback tool as well. 

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Effective Leadership And Storytelling- How might you use stories in your practice?

Today, leaders are looking to storytelling to help advance the work of the organization. Here's a look at some of the possibilities... and also an introducti...

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While this is an infomercial, I wonder how we can use story telling with students and even parents when trying to teach knowledge and skills. 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 1, 11:23 PM

The importance of storytelling for leadership!

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Good book promo and good insights In reality story-telling or as I prefer to call it story-sharing essential to build bridges from what is to what can be. Candid & convivial conversations are what's vital to actually crossing the bridges

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 1:54 AM

Storytelling et leadership voilà deux domaines qui peuvent aller ensemble pour motiver les étudiants ou les employées. C'est le même combat.

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The Best Careers For Introverts And Extroverts Daily Infographic. What discussions could you have?

The Best Careers For Introverts And Extroverts   Daily Infographic.  What discussions could you have? | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

Some of us get energized by interacting with other people, while others among us are drained by such interactions. And it’s likely a lot of people out there are in jobs that aren’t suitable for their natural inclinations toward extroversion or introversion. Which jobs are best for which type of personality, and which college majors would best prepare someone for each job?

 

According to today’s graphic, designed by our good friends over at Infographic World, the majority of the population identify as extroverts. Not to belittle the introverts; they’re a large part of the picture as they make up 40% of the population.

 

You’ll be surprised by some of the recommended occupations listed below. Being a graphic designer as an introvert was interesting. I actually know dozens of designers and a majority are very social. Also the fact pharmacists work faster as an extrovert is interesting as well.

 

 

 
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This infographic could be used to start a group discussion about strengths and student goal setting.

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How Space Shapes Learning- A Peek Into Kindergarten

How Space Shapes Learning- A Peek Into Kindergarten | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

Do the learning spaces we create impact the kinds of experiences that grow from them? Absolutely. Lately, I've been watching many of my amazing colleagues help people to rethink classroom spaces.

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Must a classroom be a rectangle?  Can we play it "too safe" as adults?

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Starting the School Year Off Right- Smooth Transitions for Students

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How well does your school welcome and assist new students with adjustment? This is a resource guide with many ideas to consider.

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The Six Stages of Mental Strength

The Six Stages of Mental Strength | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

  Many people think that mentally strong people are simply born that way. That from the moment their feet hit the ground, they are simply endowed with some almost supernatural skill that allows them to face challenges bravely. Others think...

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I am not sure on the research on this, but this is a fascinating progression.  This would be worth discussion with other professionals or even a group of students in some sort of coping skills group.

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Character Education at Julian Elementary - YouTube

Julian Elementary won a 2010 National School of Character award--this video shows you why!
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What an awesome school.  Even though they have had a tough population and challenges, look at what they have accomplished. 

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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

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Thinking routines are great because assist students in processing and explaining their learning.  As you read about these routines, think about how might they be adapted for students with poor reading or writing skills. 

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Authentis Formations's curator insight, July 29, 4:36 AM

Pour mieux apprendre : des rituels à mettre en place !

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I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

Calliope Global Fran's curator insight, July 31, 2:42 PM
I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Executive Functioning Issues

At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Executive Functioning Issues | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
What types of accommodations can help students with executive functioning issues? Here are some ideas to talk over with your child's school.
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This is a handy list for schools of accommodations that can be used for students who struggle to pay attention. 

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10 Ways to Determine the Strengths of Our Students

10 Ways to Determine the Strengths of Our Students | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
It is no secret that I am a big believer in embracing the power of a strength-based philosophy in education. I have written about the why and how, but the question that comes up in workshops is: ho...
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Strengths based assessment can help us to develop better interventions.  Thee types of questions and activities build esteem and help develop relationship. 

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Top 20 principles from psychology for teaching & learning - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Top 20 principles from psychology for teaching & learning - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
The Coalition for Psychology for Schools and Education haves released a new report detailing what, in their opinion, are the most important and useful psychological principles teachers ought to be aware of. They break these principles in five areas: How Do Students Think and Learn? 1. Students’ beliefs or perceptions about intelligence and ability affect
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Is this common sense?  Is there anything that you would disagree with?   

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Montressa Tripps's curator insight, June 24, 7:53 PM

A book that could assist every social working better serve their community.

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Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator

Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
I used to teach a graduate course in professional ethics for the educator. One of the assignments I did is have these inservice educators develop a list of promises to their students. I asked them ...
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What promises do you make your students, staff or community members?  How do you keep your promises? 

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Free Technology for Teachers: What Strava Taught Me About Why Kids Love ClassDojo and Digital Badges

Free Technology for Teachers: What Strava Taught Me About Why Kids Love ClassDojo and Digital Badges | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

This morning I set out on my bicycle to complete a challenge that I had accepted on Strava a couple of weeks ago. (Strava is an app for tracking running and cycling activities. It also has a social networking component through which you can give your friends kudos for their rides and runs). The challenge was to ride 100km or more in a single, continuous trip. I finished it 3 hours and 24 minutes later. It was my first metric century ride.

I recorded the ride in the Strava app on my phone then crashed on my couch to recover from the ride. A minute later I heard an alert on my phone and expected it to be a friend giving kudos on the ride. Instead it was Strava congratulating me and telling me that I had unlocked the Gran Fondo challenge award. The award is the right to purchase a cycling jersey commemorating the achievement. At $120 and in a color I would never wear, I passed on the purchase opportunity. Nonetheless, I was stoked to have the opportunity. That's when I realized that the way I feel about Strava is the way that students feel about ClassDojo and other services that have digital badges/ recognition.

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Do you have an APP that motivates you?  I found the Lose It! APP Badges were motivating when I was actively trying to lose weight.  It is funny how even an electronic praise can make us feel like we have accomplished something.  What about for our students?

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Whiteboards Help Students Record Ideas Without Risk

Whiteboards Help Students Record Ideas Without Risk | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Deekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.
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I have found some children with anxiety don't want to write on a "white piece of paper" because it becomes permanent. Whiteboards (virtual or real) allow for students to be messy first in low risk way. 

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Happiness Experiment No 39: Write a letter to your future self

Happiness Experiment No 39: Write a letter to your future self | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
One of the positive psychology interventions we learned about on my MAPP course was the idea of the best possible self (BPS). The theory is that you write a letter to a future self imagining that everything has gone according to plan and your life has worked out exactly as you would have wished.  Of […]
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This ties in well with the idea of writing your future BLOG.

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Have Students Schedule Blog Posts for Their Future Selves

Have Students Schedule Blog Posts for Their Future Selves | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

I published a post about a service called Future Me. Future Me lets you draft a letter to yourself to be sent at future time of your choosing. I think that using Future Mecould be a good way to have students write a letter at the beginning of the school year about where they would like to be at the end of the school year. Then at the end of the school year they can receive the letter and reflect.

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What an awesome idea for setting goals with students. 

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