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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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Grouping Students for Effective Learning

Many educators have a natural aversion to grouping students by ability level. Granted, leveling in a traditional sense by dividing entire grade levels of students into high, medium, and low groups is an ineffective practice. That’s because learning is too … Continue reading

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The Testing Bribe

Many schools give various rewards to students for their performance and/or hard work on a high-stakes test.  Young people like to have a reward for working hard, and I can’t say I blame them.  I like to have a reward … Continue reading

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How Can Schools Handle Questions About bin Laden’s Death?

Teachers across the country are discovering ways to integrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death into classroom lessons.  It is an important time to make learning relevant to children, many of whom were not yet born on Sept. 11, … Continue reading

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Motivate Students for “The Test”

With testing season on us, here are some tips for helping build enthusiasm and motivation for that high-stakes test: Parents write letters of encouragement for their kids to read. Pass the letters out on the first day of the test … Continue reading

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