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How to Grow an Engaging Learning Environment

How to Grow an Engaging Learning Environment | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

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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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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How One District Solved Its Special Education Dropout Problem

How One District Solved Its Special Education Dropout Problem | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Efforts to remove the stigma for students with disabilities have paid off.
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What does your distirct do to keep students with IEPs from dropping out?  
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How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts According To Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts According To Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Infographic explaining how to manage introverts and extroverts
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Could this thinking be applied to the different preferences for students?  What camp do you fall into?
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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Understanding what a child's brain needs is central to instruction.
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Getting to know our students and offering a variety of experiences can be very effective with any student. 
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Roles and Responsibilities of Parents of Online School Students with Disabilities

When a child changes enrollment from a brick-and-mortar setting to a fully online one, the educational experience is quite different for the child and his or her parents/guardians. Among the most important differences involves the parent’s role in
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This is an interesting article.  The four roles of parents is particularly enlightening. 
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How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative

How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
People often hide constructive criticism inside a compliment, and those on the receiving end never hear it. Is there a better way to provide feedback?
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Giving criticism is part of life.  This blog gives some ideas for softening the blow, but maintaining the integrity of the message.  
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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they
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Pictures can sometimes covey so much more information that traditional notes. What would ahppen if you tried sketching your notes next time you take them?  What it would be like for students?
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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

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
"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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What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging - School Social Work Thanks @schoolsocwork

What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging - School Social Work Thanks @schoolsocwork | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

The researchers hope to clarify inconsistencies in previous research about the individual and social factors that influence feelings of school belonging for students.

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This is part of a new series on research from School Social Work.net.  A very succinct article about school belonging.  It contains enough fonormation to get you started on exploring this topic and encouraging other to consider it. 
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Solution-Focused Approach: The Red Show

Solution-Focused Approach: The Red Show | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

What is the Solution-Focused Approach in Education? Garza Independence High School is pioneering the solution-focused approach to dropout prevention and successful work and career transition. "Brief, Solution-Focused Intervention" is a mental-health model that was developed by clinical social workers and family therapists from the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee. It has evolved over the past 18 years in the context of working with multi-problem, impoverished and hard-to-reach individuals and families who sought help at counseling and social-services agencies. The solution-focused model is a strengths-based helping model that offers specific skills and change strategies for enabling and facilitating positive future behaviors. It is future-oriented and goal-directed, and offers a set of well-defined and easy-to-learn intervention methods that focus on making changes in people's perceptions, behaviors, and social environment. The solution-focused intervention model offers all school staff specific skills for fostering strengths in students. In the school setting, for example, practitioners assisting students use the solution-focused intervention skills to help students to develop an image of a realistic solution; discover the ways in which the solution is already occurring in their lives; determine small, measurable goals toward the solution; and take immediate steps to make a difference in educational and life outcomes.

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This video shows the importance of words and how we to listen to students and teach. It would be an interesting discussion starter for students and staff. 
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UCLA School Mental Health Project- Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide

UCLA School Mental Health Project- Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
UCLA School Mental Health Project
Homepage. The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools is one of two
national training and technical assistance centers focused on mental health in schools.* Our center approaches mental health and
psychosocial concerns from the broad perspective of addressing barriers to learning and promoting
healthy development. Specific attention is given to polices and strategies that can counter
fragmentation and enhance collaboration between school and community programs
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This paper gives many considerations in building effective systems for students.
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MDE - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit

MDE - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Michigan Department of Education - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit
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Many resources for keeping children in school.  
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Restorative Practice Guide- Chicago Public Schools

Restorative Practice Guide- Chicago Public Schools | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
This 102-page guide defines restorative practices (a positive alternative to punishment for misbehavior) and offers examples and tools that include empathetic listening, peer conferencing, and community building.
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A comprehensive guide to Restorative Practices. Thanks @acssw for sharing.

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A very comprehensive guide.  Thanks @acssw for sharing. 
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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, 2016 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.

Bernard Guévorts Authentis's curator insight, April 21, 2016 3:47 AM
Motivation et apprentissage...
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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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