Writing Better Poetry: 5 Tips to Get You Started – Education Article

Genuineness and originality is a must for every piece of creative writing, but maybe even more so for poetry. It’s not an easy task to spill your soul on a page like that. So while you’ll have to figure the actually-writing-something part on your own, we hope these tips can help to get the ball rolling. 1. Practice makes perfect. Yes, a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. You may think the best way to express your creativity is…

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Boost Your Motivation during School’s Last Weeks – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog So in these final days and weeks of school, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Pause for a second to really think about it…visualize it…and come back to read the rest! For me? It’s the concept of motivation. That has been the theme that emerged through my collaborations with teachers across the nation over the past few weeks. How can we motivate our students when they have checked out of learning? In all honesty,…

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On Being Demanding Readers – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

“Motivation and engagement are critical for adolescent readers. If students are not motivated to read, research shows that they will simply not benefit from reading instruction.” (Kamil, 2003 via ASCD). These words have traveled the world with me for the past few years and yet every time I come to this slide in my presentation on helping students become and remain passionate readers, it still stops me. No matter how many times I see it, it still strikes me as…

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How would your students grade you on Rate My Professors? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I recently had the chance to distribute a survey to students in my design classes, one of those school-wide ones that all students have to complete on all of their teachers. I was happy with the results. It included questions such as “My teacher likes me” and “My teacher takes time to speak with me about me learning.” Like most educators, I’m deeply aware of the implications that the answers to these questions might have for learning; What students think of their…

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A Big Reason Why You May Be Struggling With Classroom Management – Education Article

There is a common trait among teachers who struggle with classroom management. Not every struggling teacher has it. The vast majority, however, do. I’ve mentioned this trait before and its effect on giving consequences. But the problems actually go much deeper. So deep, in fact, that they can infect everything from motivation to listening to how well your students enjoy being in your classroom. In most areas of life, it can be a wonderful trait—something you’d want in a best…

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Was The Oregon Trail the Peak of Educational Gaming? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Do you remember the game The Oregon Trail? Did it spark something in you that had you playing it for days on end? Something I share with a lot of nineties kids is the nostalgia for a game that made learning about a relatively brief historical phenomenon fun. On an old Macintosh computer my friends and I would load up our wagons (did anyone pick anything other than conestoga*?), embark on a journey that followed a unique path while stocking…

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Was The Oregon Trail the Peak of Educational Gaming? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Do you remember the game The Oregon Trail? Did it spark something in you that had you playing it for days on end? Something I share with a lot of nineties kids is the nostalgia for a game that made learning about a relatively brief historical phenomenon fun. On an old Macintosh computer my friends and I would load up our wagons (did anyone pick anything other than conestoga*?), embark on a journey that followed a unique path while stocking…

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