Category Archives: Teacher Motivation

Motivate Students to Learn Without Rewards

Basic behavior management tells us that you need to give something back when you take something away. It’s not good enough to say, “Don’t do this” without saying “Do this instead.” Mediocre teachers master the art of saying “don’t” very … Continue reading

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Loving the Unloveable Student

I recall clearly an experience I had early in my career that changed my perspective on teaching forever and made me an immeasurably better teacher. On the day before school started we received our class rosters in our mailboxes. I was … Continue reading

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No More Teaching

When thinking about teaching, many of us conjure images of a wise sage standing in front of a group of youngsters, dispensing knowledge as eager students absorb new enlightenment. In fact, Webster defines teach as “to cause to know something,” or “to … Continue reading

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Inspiring Students to Learn

As I’ve written before, a teacher’s first and foremost job is to motivate students to learn. Teachers need to look in the mirror each morning and say, “I am a motivator. I find ways to inspire every child in my class to want … Continue reading

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Teaching Students How to Improve Test Scores

In the current world of increased school accountability and high-stakes testing, there is a natural resistance to focusing on skills that can help our students improve scores on a single test. I understand that.  After all, we teach math, reading, … Continue reading

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Who Supports Teachers?

Our guest blogger today is Melodie, who sent us these comments: Education is a tough field! Before retiring, my husband was an administrator who intervened several times on the behalf of his teachers. I’m finding more parents are led by … Continue reading

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You are a Teacher

Stop right now and think about your favorite teacher. Who came to your mind? Why? Was it because you remember all the wonderful things you learned in his or her class? Or was it because he or she made learning … Continue reading

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