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How to Achieve True Learner Engagement: Tap Into These Core Motivators | SH!FT #bclearns. eLearning and Learner Engagement: What is learner engagement? It’s not just about keeping your students busy. It’s keeping your students motivated, giving them the tools that they need to learn, and fostering a sense of pride in achieving personal goals. It’s about encouraging learning for the pure love of it, not just for the sake of getting grades. When learners are working hard to absorb the material the course offers, and they’re committed to learning that comes without reward other than the learning itself, then they’re engaged.

Engagement requires an emotional connection between the content and the learner. And the only way we can do that is by knowing what drives people to spend time, effort, and energy learning your content. According to researchers Harvey Silver, Richard Strong, and Amy Robertson, students are driven by four essential motivators, which can be defined by the acronym SCORE. These goals are all motivators. Ask Yourself These Questions Engaging Learners Sources: Top 10 Tips for Better Writing. Here's Why Exercise Really Makes You Happier (Infographic) | Happify Daily #bclearns. The Beginners' Guide to Connecting Home and School | Edutopia #bclearns. Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Joanna Maulbeck, a post-doctoral research associate and professor of education at Rutgers University.

An important component to supporting academic success is the relationships between home and school (Dodd & Konzal, 2002). Strained home-school relations may result in or contribute to low student performance. One way to foster these relations is by creating meaningful assignments and projects that connect life at home to life at school and vice versa, encouraging fluid, connected, and pertinent student experiences. When planning such assignments and projects, consider the questions and ideas below. Whether you use them or simply consider them as building blocks, they could inspire your own amazing ideas. First, ask yourself three questions: How will the students benefit from this project? The best practices that link home and school will benefit all three stakeholders. Support Bonding Between Children and Caregivers at Home Redefine Homework. Super Planet Crash: Create Your Own Solar System #bclearns.

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | User Generated Education #bclearns. A Scientific Guide to Saying "No": How to Avoid Temptation and Distraction - The Buffer Blog #bclearns. Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop I found, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. Saying no to unnecessary commitments can give you the time you need to recover and rejuvenate.

Saying no to daily distractions can give you the space you need to focus on what is important to you. And saying no to temptation can help you stay on track and achieve your health goals. In fact not being able to say no, is one of the most biggest downfalls that successful entrepreneurs claim as their own key mistakes. But how do we actually get past the urgencies of everyday life and avoid distraction, so that we can focus the things that are really important to us? It seems like a big task, I wholeheartedly agree. How to Say No: Research Reveals the Best Way In a research study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, 120 students were split into two different groups. Here’s what happened: Makes sense right? Study shows "mean boys" (not girls) may be the bigger problem in schools #bclearns.

Movies about high school tend to promote images of “mean girls” and "queen bees" who hurt their enemies through negative rumors and exclusion. But a recent study suggests that “mean boys” might actually be a more pressing problem. New research published last month in the scientific journal Aggressive Behavior found that teenage boys tend to hurt peers with emotional warfare more than their female counterparts do -- despite the fact that teenage girls are typically seen as the gender more likely to engage in emotional bullying.

To glean their results, the researchers surveyed a group of over 600 Georgia teenagers every year between sixth and 12th grade. The study found that boys were more likely to commit acts of relational aggression -– a type of behavior that involves harming others through the manipulation of peer relationships, such as by spreading rumors or intentionally excluding others. The study showed that overall rates of both perpetration and victimization were high. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | Edutopia #bclearns. Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, and speaking.

But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning. So how do we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student accountability: Strategy #1: Say it Once Repeating ourselves in the classroom will produce lazy listening in our students.

Of course you don't want to leave distracted students in the dust so for those few who forgot to listen, you can advise them to, "ask three, then ask me. " Strategy #2: Turn and Talk Strategy #3: Student Hand Signals. How to Better Remember and Make Use of What You Read #bclearns. Have you ever read a book passage that you're certain could one day be applicable to your life? But, between your shopping list, work to-dos, and your aunt's upcoming birthday, the passage quickly fades from your memory causing you to draw a blank when you really need to reference it. When I began reading seriously for personal growth at the end of last year, I experienced this problem constantly. I was flying through books, but I was unable to recall or use any of the information. Over the past year, I've been exploring and testing new methods for organizing what I'm reading for easy retrieval in the future.

I’ve been looking for a system that meets three conditions: 1. When I'm writing, I often mention quotes and passages I've picked out from recent books. 2. Normally, when I'm looking for a particular quote, I'm more interested in finding similar quotes on that topic than I am about reading other quotes from that particular article or book. 3. Capturing Notes Creating an Index Evernote.

CommonLit: Open-source collection of texts, poetry, and stories to support literacy, and critical thinking. #bclearns. Genome British Columbia :: Geneskool North. 6 Easy Steps for Getting Started Using Free Plickers (You have to read the story) for Assessment #bclearns. Data is an essential component in education, yet sometimes it can be viewed as a necessary evil for educators.

In the past, a teacher may teach a lesson and require students to complete an exit ticket assessment activity to show mastery of the concept(s) reviewed over a certain time frame. Passing out the materials and grading individual student responses can be a time consuming task. As the year goes on a teacher’s attitude toward data collection may change and decline as assessment becomes more overwhelming. Fortunately, today's technology provides useful tools for educators to gather, analyze, and save data in record time. What is a Plicker? In my classroom, students’ desks are grouped in pods to allow collaboration during activities. First, here is the website for downloading this must-have app to your device: Steps For Integrating Plickers: Overall, I have had a wonderful experience using this app in my classroom. Thug Notes Demystifies 60 Literary Classics (from Shakespeare to Gatsby) with a Fresh Urban Twist. Gentle reader, if you feel your knee jerking at Thug Notes, may I suggest taking a moment to gaze beyond the gold bling and du-rag favored by its fictitious host, literature lover Sparky Sweets, PhD.

Or do we think YA author John Green should hold the monopoly on witty, breakneck deconstructions of classic literature? No shade towards Green. The Crash Course empire he’s created with his scientist brother, Hank, provides a great and entertaining service to students of all ages. His cute-nerd vibe makes him an appealing host. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat. A poor choice of metaphor, given the fictitious Dr. Sweets’ soft spot for baby felines. He (or perhaps head writer / producer Jared Bauer) also turns to Twitter to disseminate quotes by the likes of Cervantes (“Diligence is the mother of good fortune”) and Orwell (“Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does”).

Amen. Yes. Resoundingly, yes. We don’t want to stop kids from reading the book. Related Content: 6 Ideas to Promote Intrinsic Motivation - From novice to mastery. Intrinsic motivation refers to that behaviour driven from the inside of an individual that pushes him/her to do something. When it comes to learning, most of the motivations comes from external rewards: grades or prizes for example. However, shouldn’t be learning driven by intrinsic motivation in order to achieve better performance results? After conducting some elearning courses, I’ve noticed that intrinsic motivation works better when you need the higher students performance.

This is because you go beyond the idea of just pass or fail exams or quizzes, instead there’s a meaningful reason for that learning. Here are some of ideas to promote intrinsic motivation. Learning for a higher purpose Nurture the idea that learning is for a higher purpose. Stimulate curiosity by turning learning as a challenge Start the class or the lesson with a question or with a situation that needs to be solved by using their knowledge. Do not punish failure, instead promote trying it again January 28, 2015. Via @SueScheff: The avg US child can recognize 1000 corp logos, but can't identify 10 plants or animals. #bclearns. Donate. The media and technology that run through our kids' lives are evolving at a dizzying pace, bringing both extraordinary opportunities and real challenges to families and schools everywhere. But thanks to the generous support of friends like you, Common Sense is able to deliver concrete benefits to families and schools that help kids think critically, act responsibly, and interact positively in this digital world.

Your gift today will help Common Sense continue to bring our free resources to millions of families and classrooms -- especially those in disadvantaged communities -- so all children in the U.S can harness the power of media and technology for learning and life. Common Sense has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest ranking for financial management from America's largest independent charity evaluator. Please make payable to "Common Sense Media. " Send to: Common Sense Media Attn: Development Dept. 650 Townsend St., Suite 435 San Francisco, CA 94103. The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model | Te@chThought #bclearns. Four Stages Of A Self-Directed Learning Model by TeachThought Staff Self-Directed Learning is not new, but is perhaps misunderstood. Studied in terms of adult education and vocation for years, self-directed learning is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons, including growing dissatisfaction with public schooling, and the rich formal and informal learning materials available online.

This is the “age of information” after all. Self-directed learning is one response, something slideshare user Barbara Stokes captures in this chart, based on the model by Gerald Grow. The four stages–very similar to the gradual release of responsibility model–appear below. The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model Learner Teacher Stage 1 Dependent Authority, Coach Stage 2: Interested Motivator, Guide Stage 3: Involved Facilitator Stage 4: Self-Directed Consultant, Delegator. The Magical Solution Illusion: How Everyone Has “The Answer” to EducationThe Educator's Room #bclearns.

A new week, a new theory about what ails America’s educational system. America’s education system is broken. Haven’t you heard? If you haven’t, it was on the cover of Time Magazine a few weeks back. It seems teachers win tenure too fast in this country, and the unions are more interested in protecting its membership than educating America’s children with high quality teachers. Who Knew? But hold on. I thought the problem was high-stakes testing? Everyone seems to have a theory that seems to make a lot of sense. KIPP created longer school days and a culture of empowerment. The school calendar is oriented around an agrarian economy that hasn’t existed for one-hundred years.

Schools are too big. There’s not enough science. Billionaires know best. Let’s duplicate Finland. Our teachers need to be in lock step with one another. Let’s get our students ready for the labor market of the 21st century. Read Shakespeare and Tolstoy. And the acronyms…know your acronyms fellow educators. The Essentials for Project-Based Learning. Whether you’re new to teaching or a seasoned veteran, there’s a very good chance that you have heard of Project-Based Learning. Much like STEM education is an integral part of our children’s future, Project-Based Learning builds on students’ competencies in order for them to be successful in the 21st century.

In order for our youth to be able to live in this new digital age, and compete with the other industrialized nations, we must give them the right tools. Project-Based Learning is a teaching method that can do just that. Students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to complex questions and real-world problems. With Project-Based Learning, students build 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and using technology, all of which will help them in the workplace and as well as their lives.

What Does Project-Based Learning Research Say? Here are a few of the secret ingredients of a great educator, which will... 5 traits... 1. 2. 21st-Century Skills. 5 Things They Don't Tell You in College About TeachingThe Educator’s Room | Empowering Teachers as the Experts. After spending 4 years in college, you would think that you would know everything there is to know about teaching. Unfortunately when you break it down, 2 years of undergrad and 2 years of career focused training doesn’t fully prepare you. Now that I have been out of college and am well into my 8th year of teaching, it is clear to me that there are gaps in teacher education programs. 1- Teaching Writing: There is not a class on how to teach students to write… at all.

You have ‘Teaching Reading’, ‘Phonics’, ‘Early Childhood Literacy’. 2-What your class demographics/behavior will really be like: If you think your class will be all high achieving students ready and eager to please, bless you. 3- Classroom Management: All the pocket charts, sliding scales, pull a ticket, move a clip, or dance on your head systems will not help you if you are not consist with them. . – one for the entire class on an individualized level (clip chart, pocket chart, etc.) 4- Differentiation: Oh how we love this word!

Financial Literacy: Resource Roundup | Edutopia #bclearns. Learn About the Benefits of Teaching Financial Literacy What Is Financial Literacy? : Learn what it takes to become financially literate, why this set of knowledge and skills so critical, and what this means for schools. (Edutopia, 2015) The Value of Financial Literacy: Take a look at this infographic for more information about what the research tell us about teaching finance to students. (Edutopia, 2012) Entrepreneurship Education Stresses Learning by Doing: Discover how entrepreneurship education can engage students’ critical thinking skills and deepen their financial literacy. You may also want to check out some of Edutopia’s resources and downloads related to entrepreneurship education.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Better Note-taking. Don't ditch the lecture quite yet. Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles #bclearns. Chevron Refuels Debate over Corporate Money in Schools. PBL: Let the Class Solve World Problems | An Ethical Island #bclearns. Free Online Service For Buildinging Standards-based Rubrics Quickly | ThemeSpark #bclearns. Via @edutopia: 6 things you don’t want to miss as a new teacher #bclearns. How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique #bclearns. The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic #bclearns. Set the Stage for a Productive Parent Conference. Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? | Rae Pica #bclearns. Via @edutopia: Got 5 mins? Try these simple tips to build relationships with students #bclearns.

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