motivating students

Burned Out In Kindergarten? The Problem With Increased Standards – Education Article

Kindergarten should be a time of wonder and exploration. A time for making friends and learning to work together. A time for learning to love letters, numbers, words, scientific discovery, and learning itself. But today kindergarten has become the starting line for a marathon of academic drill and kill and inappropriate assessment. It has become a structured environment where “kindergartners are being told what to do and how to do it, every single step along the way, all day long.”…

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Free Templates for Positive Encouragement Post-its – Education Article

We have just the thing to help you spread kindness and positivity in your classroom. These templates for printing on Post-its include words of encouragement and other positive messaging, fit for any scenario. With 18 different templates to choose from, you’ll love filling student pages and your classroom with these Post-it notes. Be sure to look for our graphing Post-its here and our other templates (including rubrics).  Not sure how to print your encouragement Post-its? Check out this video.  Prep…

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Tips for Teaching Students ‘What to Learn’ and ‘How to Learn’ During Lectures – Faculty Focus – Education Article

It was soon after my son enrolled in a local junior college that I realized something was wrong. Success, which seemed to come so easy to him in high school, was suddenly out of reach. In fact, he was failing every course! I quickly learned that in high school he did not have to exert any effort and was taught to simply memorize material. Sadly, this high school experience resulted in a new high school graduate who had no concept…

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A Growth Mindset: Essential for Student & Faculty Success – Education Article

There is increasing awareness among K-12 educators on the importance of fostering a growth mindset. A recent survey by the Education Week Research Center (2016) indicated that 45 percent of K-12 educators were well acquainted with the concept of growth mindset, and almost all believed that nurturing a growth mindset in their students would improve learning outcomes. Although mindset is receiving a great deal of consideration in the K-12 classroom from teachers across disciplines, there has been less attention devoted…

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