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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners
Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. She presents on how to make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners, while modeling for her audience exactly how she would do it. The experience is a bit jarring because it’s so different from the lectures that dominate big education conferences, but it’s also refreshing and way more fun. Perez says when students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less. “If we don’t have their attention, what’s the point?” She’s a big proponent of brain breaks and getting kids moving around frequently during the day. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. NED’s GREAT EIGHT 9.

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The disengaged school kids finding new paths to learning By John Stewart and Brigid Andersen Updated Last month the Grattan Institute found 40 per cent of Australian high school students were disengaged from classroom learning. It's a slippery slope from disengagement in the classroom, to unemployment, and onto welfare. The Big Picture program aims to recapture those students who would otherwise drop out, by focusing personalised learning on their key interests. The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It Adolescence is an exciting time as teenagers become increasingly independent, begin to look forward to their lives beyond high school, and undergo many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. In that last category, teenagers can learn to take charge of their developing brains and steer their thinking in positive and productive directions toward future college and career success. The brain’s prefrontal cortex, which functions as the control center for executive functions such as planning, goal setting, decision making, and problem solving, undergoes significant changes during the teenage years. In an NPR interview, Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, notes that ages 12 to 25 are a period of extraordinary neuroplasticity.

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow With so many classroom research studies published daily, you can be forgiven for missing some. The techniques below are super-tactical and, for the most part, unsung strategies that you’ll be excited to try tomorrow. Just remember two things. Tips & Tools to Improve Student Notetaking Skills I am a scribbler and a note-taker. Whether it’s a book I am reading, a visit to a colleague’s classroom, or a podcast that I’m listening to, I tend to write a lot of things down. I use notecards, sticky notes, apps on my phone, and even the back of my hand to record my thoughts, insights, and questions. I do it because I know that – no matter how interested I am in what I am learning – the human brain can only process and retain so much information. Current research tells us that when done effectively, note-taking is an efficient, engaging strategy for learners to process, organize, and transform information (Fryer, 2014; Hattie, 2012). But in the classroom, rarely do our students get excited about taking notes.

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. Some research, like Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset or Angela Duckworth’s on grit, quickly became catch phrases among educators. At the same time, critics have pushed back against the notion that students underperform only because of cognitive deficits, pointing to an equally pressing need for big changes to teaching practice. How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick By Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks UCLA researcher Dick Schmidt gazes across the driving range at a line of golfers trying to improve their game. It’s a breezy day at the Westchester Golf Course and there’s a relentless roar of jet traffic from the nearby Los Angeles airport.

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20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom Whatever model of Android or iOS tablet you have available, it’s a hugely versatile tool when it comes to educating and entertaining children. Here are some of the best apps and features you can make use of in the classroom – some of which you have to pay for and others that are free. 1 Dive into 360-degree videos This is the most basic form of virtual reality, a full sphere of video centred on the spectator who can view an environment in any direction. The content works with VR headsets but is also available through browsers and mobile devices.

How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write As an English teacher with 24 years of experience, I often feel I’ve explored every possible avenue to help my students grow as writers. That is truer today than ever as new technology has increased the instructional possibilities, and evidence-based, on-demand testing has forced me to get creative. But while the educational landscape has shifted, my core values as a teacher have remained the same: to ensure engagement, growth and the retention of learning— “stickiness”—for each student. In order to meet these goals while also responding to testing demands, I needed a new resource: one that would provide my students with a strong framework for writing and use technology as the primary composing tool. Fortunately, I found everything I was looking for (and more) in the online reading and writing program ThinkCERCA. The letters in ThinkCERCA represent the building blocks of an essay: claim, evidence, reasoning, counter argument, and audience.

Here's How Study Breaks Boost Learning Via Huffington Post Students in school are rarely given opportunities to rest and reflect on the knowledge they’ve acquired, but a new study suggests that giving the mind a little targeted downtime could be a highly effective way to boost learning. The brain mechanisms that are engaged when the mind is resting and reflecting on previously acquired information can boost future learning, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To demonstrate this ability, researchers asked 35 adult study participants to memorize pairs of photos in two separate series. In between each series, the participants were given some time to rest and think about anything they wanted.

5 Ways to Design Your Teacher-led Station In my work as a blended learning coach, I observe a lot of teachers facilitating blended lessons. The Station Rotation Model is particularly popular because teachers do not need a device for every student to make it work. Instead, students rotate between offline and online stations. One concern I have about this model is the way teachers design and facilitate their teacher-led station. Instead of using this station exclusively for direct instruction, I’d like to see more teachers mix it up. Below I describe five different strategies teachers can use to design their station to avoid talking the entire time.

#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. Happy Motivational Monday! To get us motivated and remind us all why we’re in this profession, we discuss the six most popular sketch notes and how they can motivate us to be better teachers. We’ll also be giving away one of Sylvia’s Sketchnotes for Education books in today’s giveaway! In this episode, Sylvia talks about some of her most popular sketch notes.These notes include the following and are shared with Sylvia’s permission. 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? For starters, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves nearly as much with boosting students’ academic confidence.