It’s Future Day!

Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

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Motivating the Unmotivated Student

Tweet Those of us who are committed teachers wish that somehow we could reach every student in our classrooms. And we read, attend workshops, and continually communicate with other educators about engaging those students who are persistently dis-engaged. We also end each school year with memories – memories of those students who have been “success […]

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Creative Motivation: Keep Your Students Interested

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

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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Motivational Stunts – Can a Little Laugh Go a Long Way in Education?

Tweet I remember working for a principal that would promise to climb a rock wall and touch the gym ceiling if the students read a set number of minutes.  Then there was a teacher I taught with who joined the rest of the basketball team in shaving his head in front of the school to […]

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Using Music to Help Struggling Readers

Our students come to us with many interests and talents. Music is one of them. Whether it’s Beethoven, the Beatles, Bon Jovi or (Justin) Bieber, tapping into their love of listening to music can help students become better readers. The two disciplines are innately very similar, and teachers and parents can take advantage of these similarities to help struggling readers become motivated learners.

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School Struggling & Shut-Down Learners: The Other Side of the Creative Coin

Tweet Ever since I first heard of Dr. Selznick’s book, The Shut-Down Learner, I have been in contact with this amazing educator!   Reading it has changed my perspective on many of my students.  @DrSelz has devoted his career to helping children who struggle in school  find their way to success and realize their potential.  Here, […]

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Learning in the RAW

Tweet In these last few weeks of summer, I have been taking my two kids (4-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl) to Music Together, a music program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  This is one of those great luxuries a teacher-parent has: to enjoy a family class such as this during the day in the summer.  […]

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Autonomy for our Students

Tweet Autonomy is the ability to be self-governing, to have independence and the ability to make your own decisions.  A few weeks back, I wrote a post called Happy Teachers, Happy Kids.  In it, I made the case that when we have happy teachers, we can have happy students and part of that formula is […]

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