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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-self-persuasion-david-palank?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow%20&utm_campaign=RSS Some interesting ideas here, particularly around intrinsic/extrinsic motivation. I can imagine this would be entertaining: 1. Two Lines Dan Pink, in his show Crowd Control, got people to stop double dipping their chips in guacamole by setting up bowls for double dippers and single dippers. Before class, form two lines called “Ready to Learn” […]

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Back-to-School Products Designed by Students for Students | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/back-school-products-designed-students-students-suzie-boss Expert support for design thinking: “To scaffold the design-thinking process, the Tools at Schools team has students produce three boards en route to their proposed solution. Here’s how Aruh describes these deliverables: Board One: What inspires you? You might pull pictures from magazines, use color swatches, or words — whatever gets you excited about […]

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Substitute Tips, Ideas, Lessons, and Activities

http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2015/08/18/50-tips-tricks-and-ideas-for-substitute-teachers 50 quick tips for subs, thanks to We are teachers!

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/practice/morning-meetings-creating-safe-space-learning?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow%20&utm_campaign=RSS Using structured morning meetings to start every day in a context of support and respect. The key elements of the meeting are: Greeting: Students and teachers greet and welcome each other. Sharing: Students share something about themselves or their lives, and the rest of their peers listen, then ask follow-up questions or offer comments. […]

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/intrinsic-motivation-growth-mindset-writing-amy-conley?utm_campaign=RSS&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow A great piece on helping students take ownership of their writing, and in their growth. The focus is on high school, but the principles would also apply in the early years. Conley writes of her own change in focus: “My goal is not a good essay from Student A, but rather for Student A […]

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How can we teach kids to question? ~ A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

http://amorebeautifulquestion.com/can-teach-kids-question/ Warren Berger provides a quick summary of the rightquestion.org question formulation method: Teachers design a “Question Focus.” This involves coming up with a premise or opening statement that can provide a focal point for generating questions from the students. (e.g., “Torture can be justified.”) Students produce questions. Within a time limit, students (usually broken […]

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50 fun call-and-response ideas to get students’ attention

http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2014/01/50-fun-call-and-response-ideas-to-get-students-attention.html There are plenty of ideas in this list that are US-specific for one reason or another, but there are also a stack that would work in an Australian context. The key to effective call and response must be, though, how got establish it with the class. The children need to understand the response you’re […]

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