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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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Iva Golec's curator insight, July 31, 2015 3:32 AM

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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Articles and resources related to student engagement in the classroom, school and life.   Creation of a positive culture is included here.
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Confronting Suicide - #AASA School Administrator Special Edition

Confronting Suicide - #AASA School Administrator Special Edition | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Positive Mindsets Being hard-headed helped me to ignore all such feelings of defeatism and low self-esteem. So I accepted the challenge. Being hard-wired for positivity led me to apply what I instinctively knew about the research and science behind positive psychology, which would be our path to creating a high-performing culture and a significantly better-performing school district.
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Some great articles to spur conversation about suicide and positive culture with your administrators. 

This edition is for members.  Free memberships will allow you access. 
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Moving Beyond Trauma: Child Migrants and Refugees in the United States

Moving Beyond Trauma: Child Migrants and Refugees in the United States | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
A new report from Child Trends estimates more than 127,000 children will come to the United States from abroad in 2016, as immigrants or refugees. While these children have the potential to make vital contributions to our communities, they face a number of continued risks to their well-being. They may be re-traumatized via treatment in detention facilities or discrimination in schools, for example. And, their eligibility for services varies considerably depending on their legal status
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This report is interesting. There are some definitions and eligibility guidelines that were helpful. 
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The Importance of School Attendance - Absences Add Up

The Importance of School Attendance - Absences Add Up | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school
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A simple, but truthful video for all- parents, students and teachers.  
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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students. 

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students.  | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Interventions and strategic behaviors can help teachers manage students who are acting out or missing out on learning because of behavioral issues.
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Super helpful tips for any educator. Thanks @sswaa for sharing.
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How to Support Grieving Students #dailysswscoop

How to Support Grieving Students #dailysswscoop | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (including teachers, paraprofessionals, and other instructional staff), principals, assistant principals, superintendents, school board members, and central office staff, student support personnel (including school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and other student support personnel), and other school professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community. The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.
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This looks to be a helpful resource with many modules on grief and various facets.  
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Continuum of Motivation: Moving from Extrinsic to Intrinsic #dailysswscoop

Continuum of Motivation: Moving from Extrinsic to Intrinsic #dailysswscoop | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Motivation affects how we learn. The Continuum of Motivation walks you up the mountain from Instrumental to Self-Actualization where learners are intrinsically motivated to learn.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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I wonder how this would be helpful in working with SEL issues in individual students.  This particular article doesn't address how to move a person from one mindset to another.
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Pascal Baquet's curator insight, April 6, 9:13 AM

Belle représentation du continuum de la motivation, et pas seulement pour les paysages de montagne! 

Il reste néanmoins à trouver les pratiques et petits trucs pour faire passer d'une motivation extrinsèque à une motivation intrinsèque.

Authentis Formations's curator insight, April 21, 3:47 AM
Motivation et apprentissage...
Helen Teague's curator insight, May 16, 10:04 AM
I like the inclusion of the "Learner-Driven" designation!
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10 % of Michigan Kids Have Had a Parent in Jail  #dailysswscoop

10 % of Michigan Kids Have Had a Parent in Jail  #dailysswscoop | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Report says impact can devastating, from poverty to stress; experts call for programs to help families
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I wonder what the ramifications are for kids who have had a parent in jail.  Short and long term?  What shame comes with it?  What have your experiences been?
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Journal of School Health - Volume 85, Issue 11 - The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. Guest Editor: Holly Hunt, MA. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promot...

Journal of School Health - Volume 85, Issue 11 - The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. Guest Editor: Holly Hunt, MA. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promot... | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
BACKGROUND

The Whole Child approach and the coordinated school health (CSH) approach both address the physical and emotional needs of students. However, a unified approach acceptable to both the health and education communities is needed to assure that students are healthy and ready to learn.

METHODS

During spring 2013, the ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened experts from the field of education and health to discuss lessons learned from implementation of the CSH and Whole Child approaches and to explore the development of a new model that would incorporate the knowledge gained through implementation to date.

RESULTS

As a result of multiple discussions and review, the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach was developed. The WSCC approach builds upon the traditional CSH model and ASCD's Whole Child approach to learning and promotes greater alignment between health and educational outcomes.

CONCLUSION

By focusing on children and youth as students, addressing critical education and health outcomes, organizing collaborative actions and initiatives that support students, and strongly engaging community resources, the WSCC approach offers important opportunities that will improve educational attainment and healthy development for students.

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This is a nice model to look at school climate and culture.  I like how it looks at employee wellness as well as student wellness.   This (free) journal features several conceptual articles.

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INTERVENTION Beats Retention! - YouTube

-Sending on Behalf of Lisa Hansknecht and David Randels-

 

House Passes Reading Retention

The House passed House Bill 4822 this week which mandates retention of 3rd graders if they are not proficient in reading and provides for specific reading interventions.  Oakland members voted along party lines, with Crawford, Graves, Howrylak, Jacobsen, Kesto, McCready, Runestad, Tedder and Webber voting in support of the bill while Greig, Greimel, Moss, Townsend, and Wittenberg opposed.  Several amendments were adopted but the bill still does not include additional funding, or a parental opt-out provision.

 

The amendments to the bill are as follows:

-     For the reading intervention provided, the bill was amended to add that the intervention must be systematic, explicit, multi-sensory, and sequential.

-     Hindu and Korean were added to the intervention services related to English Language Learners.

-     The retention requirement was delayed to affect the children who will be in Kindergarten next school year.  (Retention beginning for 3rd graders in 2019-2020.)

-     The bill was amended to require the state to complete the scoring and release the results on the state assessment for 3rd grade reading (English Language Arts) by June 1 in each year.

-     For students using a pupil portfolio, the bill was amended to require the pupil show competency in the ELA standards, instead of mastery.

 

Some of these were included in the alternative proposal that a majority of districts in the state offered to support.  While the package as a whole was not adopted, the delay and the date certain for scores were added by amendment.  Oakland opposes the bills as passed the House as it still does not include funding, a parent/district option, mandatory Kindergarten, and an expansion to two years of GSRP.

 

The bill now heads to the Senate. 

 

House Passes Teacher/Administrator Evaluation Legislation

The House passed Senate Bill 103 establishing the new teacher/administrator evaluation requirements.  The bill was amended to include language stating that the new training requirements must be funded from the educator evaluation reserve fund in Section 95A of the School Aid budget.  The bill also was amended to add requirements related to a teachers evaluation rating in order to achieve their professional education certification.

 

The bill passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 97-8, with all Oakland members supporting the bill.  The Senate is expected to concur on this legislation and send it to the Governor next week.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Reported Bill Allowing Concealed Guns in Schools

Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony and then reported SB 442 with a vote of 4-1.  The bill would allow persons with a concealed weapons permit to carry a concealed weapon in the schools, but eliminates the allowance for open-carry in schools.  Oakland Senators Kowall and Marleau cosponsored the legislation. 

 

Attached is a copy of the testimony from a superintendent which summaries the arguments against concealed weapons in schools quite well.  Oakland School opposes the legislation.

 

Senate Education Reported the Financial Literacy Legislation

Senate Education Committee unanimously reported House Bill 4390 with no additional changes.  The bill would allow students to swap out of the economics credit requirement and instead take personal finance or financial literacy.  This bill is sponsored by Oakland County legislator, Rep. Jim Tedder, and co-sponsors include Reps. Runestad, Webber, and Greimel, also of Oakland County. 

 

Oakland Schools supports the bill, because an amendement in the House was adopted requiring that the newly offered courses still include the content expectations from economics, thus retaining the rigor and not creating a disadvantage on testing to some students.  With the amendment, schools could offer the information and instruction with a perspective geared toward personal finance instead of world economics and economic theories in the abstract. Students also are already able to take personal finance or financial literacy and have it count toward their fourth math credit.  This bill is expected to pass the Senate and head to the Governor’s desk next week.

 

Next Week

The Senate Education Committee will meet Tuesday, October 20 at noon in Room 110 of the Farnum Building to discuss SB 510 and HBs 4594 and 4790.

 

THIS WEEK’S MESSAGE to LEGISLATORS:

Please tell your senators to OPPOSE the reading retention bill. While changes were made, the bill still does not include additional funding, thus creating an unfunded mandate. Additionally, the bill as passed by the House did not have a parent/district option, nor did it address the related issues of mandatory kindergarten or expanded GRSP, which were both part of the Oakland proposal.

 

 

Thanks, Lisa & David

 

Lisa Hansknecht, Director

Lisa.Hansknecht@oakland.k12.mi.us

Cell: (517) 388-1201

 

David Randels, Assistant Director

David.Randels@oakland.k12.mi.us

Cell: (517) 712-5110

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Please read the information about the house passing the third grade retention bill.  This video gives you important information to discuss with your reps.

 

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Angela K. Adams's curator insight, October 24, 2015 1:53 PM

Government issues - I chose this resource because intervention versus retention is an issue we deal with at International.  Third grade specifically is a grade most students struggle with and we've had to retain several students because they did not mean the reading/math requirements to excel to the fourth grade.  I am hoping to share this with our lower school principal to offer her some guidance as to how to effectively implement our RTI program in efforts to better support our struggling students.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, November 12, 2015 9:53 AM

It's inclusion and not continued isolation from education time.

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Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate & Discipline

Developing positive school climates and improving school discipline policies and practices are critical steps to raising academic achievement and supporting student success. However, there is no single formula for doing so. Rather, the growing body of research and best practices in the field should inform locally developed approaches to improving school climate and discipline policies and practices

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This guidance document was shared at @masswmi Region F's Alternatives to Suspension presentation by Tim Schroeter.   It presents the big ideas.  

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Jess's curator insight, October 19, 2015 7:08 PM

I choose this resource because it gives an approach that works in the school which could be used in a professional development matter.

Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 24, 2015 7:22 PM

I scooped this report by the US Dept. of Ed. simply because it speaks to the ideas that support student success.   It stresses three things: fairness for all, positive school climate, and clear and consistent expectations.  I hope that when focus is lost, and it will be at times, that some one in leadership reaches for this report, and focuses in on going back to the basics.  Focuses in on going back to what worked in the beginning and starting there again. 

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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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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 24, 2015 7:10 PM
I scooped this article because it first caught my eye with the reference to school improvement plans, as well as working with students to make sure that their transition into the new school year, the new class, the new building, etc. were all going good. The article also provided resources to reference and other ways to keep the system of learning open and available for all students. I hope that this particular resource is useful to teachers as they begin to work through how to help the new student adjust to the school. Working in an alternative school, we frequently see new students each year, and even each semester, so understanding how to help them adjust to change is critical.
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The Six Stages of Mental Strength

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  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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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 25, 2015 3:37 PM

I scooped this video because it shows a small rural school in California that is using character education, and it's showing improvement.  The school and the community have embraced the whole process of character education, and even connected college campuses to character traits.  I hope that teachers and stakeholders look at this video and feel inspired enough by it, to explore the idea of starting character education at our school.

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Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report

Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s fifth largest youth serving organization and the leading dropout prevention organization, delivering resources to nearly one million students in 3,250 schools across the country. To further their network-wide commitment to using evidence-based strategies in these efforts, CIS has determined that research evidence is needed on the risk factors that increase the likelihood of students dropping out of school and the strategies that most effectively address the risk factors.
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Some interesting factors. How do you as a system address them?
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What do schools with low student suspension rates have in common?

What do schools with low student suspension rates have in common? | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Researchers interviewed nearly 200 educators from 33 Denver schools that had suspension rates between 0 and 3 percent in the 2014-15 school year.
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Gang Membership Prevention: It Takes a Village!

Gang Membership Prevention: It Takes a Village! | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Interview with Dr. Shadeiyah Edwards about the attractions of gang membership, its connection with human trafficking, and prevention strategies.
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Good information to share with staff and parents.  This infographic is a good discussion starter. 
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Breaking the Behavior Code- Basics All Educators Should Know & Practice

Breaking the Behavior Code- Basics All Educators Should Know & Practice | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
How teachers can better understand, anticipate, and respond to disruptive students, to reduce problem behavior and increase learning for everyone.
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This is a basic primer on behavior that all educators should know, understand and believe.  Thanks @sswaa for sharing. 
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PBiS and Trauma Considerations  #dailysswscoop

PBiS and Trauma Considerations  #dailysswscoop | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
This section will explore some of the principles of Trauma-Informed Care, how they complement the primary ideas behind PBIS, and how insights from Trauma-Informed Care can be applied to schools implementing PBIS systems to become more trauma-sensitive. 1. Childhood trauma, as a result of adverse early life experiences, is common. Research documents the widespread prevalence of early trauma (6). As a result, it is safe for schools to assume that substantial numbers of both children and staff are adversely affected. In some schools, this may be the norm rather than the exception. As a result, schools’ efforts to implement PBIS may benefit from raising staff awareness to the needs of many students for additional support and safety. School environments must be both physically and emotionally safe for students to fully engage the curriculum and instruction. PBIS systems begin with the assumption that approximately 80% of students can and will behave well if 1) there are clear behavioral expectations and 2) they are taught how to behave in effective and ongoing manners. Insights from Trauma-Informed Care help us to understand that it is just as important, if not more so, to focus on students’ emotional responses as their behavioral responses. Behavior may often communicate a student’s emotional need.
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This document shows the overlaps and considerations of PBIS and Trauma Informed Practice.    
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Video that will change your life. I have no words left. 

Update: Today is 2-19-13, I never expected such a great response to this video. It really makes me happy to see the comments left. Even though this is not
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This video sends the "Pay it forward" message.  It is good for students, teachers, etc. and sends the message about how one small act of kindness can spread.  
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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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"National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs, alcohol, alcoholism and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, NIDA and NIAAA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs, alcohol, alcoholism and drug abuse.
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What are you doing for National Drug & Alcohol Facts week?  January 25-31?

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The Great Kindness Challenge

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The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist.

Help create a culture of kindness on your campus! It's free, easy to implement and has the power to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all grades Pre-K through High School.

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What a great idea in the middle of January when cabin fever starts to set in. 

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The Hidden Cost of Suspension- A story map #massw15 @oaklandschools

The Hidden Cost of Suspension- A story map #massw15 @oaklandschools | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
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An interactive map that shows suspension rates throughout the county.  This was shared at #MASSW15 Region F  Alternatives To Suspension.  

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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 25, 2015 3:07 PM

I scooped this series of graphs because they highlight the statics for students who have received out of school suspensions in areas around the US.  Unfortunately, these graphs only share a part of the puzzle for students receiving suspensions.  I hope that stakeholders and board members who review these graphs don't take them as the final and only statistic to consider, and instead use these as just a piece of the puzzle when looking at out of school suspensions.

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6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought

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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.

Via John Evans
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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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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 27, 2015 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, 2015 5:40 PM

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

Jess's curator insight, October 20, 2015 6:25 PM

I choose this resource because it provide ways to group students effectively.

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

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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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Jess's curator insight, October 19, 2015 7:12 PM

I hope this can be used to help enlighten educators on the importance of communicating with parents.

Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 25, 2015 2:47 PM

I scooped this article because it talks about the power of the positive message.  Most times when we talk to kids, they will tell you that do not ever receive a good phone call when the school is calling.  These types of phone calls are fun to make, and they are usually pretty quick.  My hope for others reading this article, especially those new to our staff, is to understand the positive energy of a good phone call, even for high school students.

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How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

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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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Nursery Rhymes's curator insight, August 1, 2015 12:53 AM

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

Jess's curator insight, October 20, 2015 6:28 PM

I choose this resource becuase it discusses how teenagers also want to have fun, and fun is needed in the classroom to create a positive and engaging culture.

Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 24, 2015 11:04 PM

I scooped this article because as educators we believe that the movement and hands on activities need to stay in the lower grades, and that the focus of high school should be all academic.  What we sometimes forget is that even as adults we get a bit squirrelly and need to do things that involve using our hands and our brains, and also doing things on a high level of thinking to make meaning on our own.  I hope that when teachers read this article they are able to apply some of the suggestions to their own classrooms, to create a richer learning environment for students.