How to Make your Students Feel Valued as Individuals

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Tweet For many teachers, although we see students every single day, it can be very hard to remember what it was actually like to be a kid. Our hardy, grown-up personalities have weathered through decades of disappointments (with some delights thrown in for good measure), and although everyone has a lot more ‘growing’ to do […]

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The Rule Of Five

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Tweet If you are working with a child who struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that there are periods of time you both can feel like you’re in a losing battle. It can be hard to know how to encourage the child through that struggle while also teaching them and correcting their […]

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Creative Motivation: Keep Your Students Interested

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Tweet Sure, students are coming back to school and may be naturally motivated by a new school year, but here are some great thoughts and ideas of how to keep that going throughout.  ~EMP Every student learns a little bit differently. As a teacher you are well versed in this. You also know how hard […]

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How Motivation Affects Learning

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Tweet Motivation has a direct impact on how an individual learns. The affects of motivation is normally far reaching because it increases an individual’s energy level, determines the persistence in reaching a specific goal, affects the types of learning techniques used and an individual’s thinking processes. According to human development professionals, there are two types […]

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The Need for Parameters

Tweet The other morning, I was half watching Oswald with my kids while we snuggled on the couch: my kids eyes glued to the pre-school program, mine on my Kindle reading up on The Help.    Every so often, I would get distracted and glance up to the TV to watch the odd characters go […]

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Rewards and Incentives

Tweet Earlier this week I wrote a post called Reward Not! It was prompted by my getting multiple catalogs filled with colorful pages of those small, useless toys bought by teachers who keep them in their classrooms for rewards and prizes.  In the same time frame, I was reading Drive by Daniel Pink.  In this […]

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Reward Not!

Tweet I’ve been reading Drive by Daniel Pink and it is amazing.  (I’ll be posting more about this book later this week.)  At the same time, I’m receiving a variety of catalogs in the mail in anticipation for back to school.  On the one hand I am learning about intrinsic motivation: the idea that we […]

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