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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Student Engagement is often confused with only teaching topics students are interested in or are related to one another. Here is an article on true student engagement - reaching each child through his strengths. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The myth of student engagement
"Caring about students beyond the boundaries of the classroom is the first step of sparking engagement,"
writes middle-school teacher Beth Morrow. In a recent Inservice post, Morrow argues that student engagement comes from when a teacher knows a student’s strengths and interests beyond the classroom and uses that knowledge to deepen relationships. Read on.

Monday, April 7, 2014

An excellent article on easy to implement strategies for active learning. The section on intrinsic motivation is one many teachers will be interested in. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief. Courtesy of

Q-and-A: Educators share tips to increase active learning
Teacher and education blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers a collection of tips from educators to help bolster active student learning. Suggestions in this blog post include using motivation strategies based on intrinsic and extrinsic factors and "total participation techniques" that seek to encourage active participation and higher-order thinking. "We don't simply want behavioral compliance," education professors William Himmele and PĂ©rsida Himmele write. "In as much as we can, we want all students participating using cognitively intense prompts that cause them to grow each other's learning." Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (4/4)Bookmark and Share