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October Is “Shakedown” Month!

October 1, 2018

October Is the Most Difficult Month… Are things getting a little “intense” in your classroom? Are your kids stressed out at home? Several years ago, my daughter’s 1st grade teacher, Robert, sent an email update: This week was something of a challenge. Tears and arguments cropped up on several occasions. By Thursday, I was fairly exhausted. Then…

Student Motivation: How to Get Students in the “Green Zone”

August 12, 2018

It’s second hour in Mr. K’s class. The bell has just rung.  Mr. K is ready to get started with his lesson. But, here’s what Mr. K doesn’t know is lurking under the surface: Susie was just dumped by her boyfriend because of an untrue rumor posted on social media last night. Jimmy’s coach stopped him…

MUST SEE: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

July 9, 2018

If you don’t yet know what all of the fuss is over, stop what you are doing right now and go see the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film is not riveting. Yet, it is COMPLETELY riveting. Whether you were a fan of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a child or not, Fred Rogers…

The Motivation Circuit: How Motivation Works

October 15, 2017

The Motivation Circuit Video Transcription “Motivation” is the term we use to describe a power surge from the emotional region of the brain. When the emotional region of your brain is happy, comfortable, and engaged, it makes a lot of brain chemicals. This provides a hefty power boost the rest of the brain, making learning…

Stop Wasting Time… and Get Motivated!

September 11, 2017

Last week, I spoke with a SOAR client, Kevin McCarville, who shared some excellent videos. As I write this, we are posting links to all of his recommendations in our Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide. In the meantime, I had to share one of them with you and your students, NOW! I dare you to watch this…

Increase Motivation: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

April 16, 2017

Are you smart? Immediately you start judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

Grading: The Most Motivating Solution…EVER!

October 6, 2015

Last week we introduced our mini-series on student motivation and engagement. I recently found a great article on grading; How one teacher saw motivation and engagement soar for her entire class with a simple shift of her grading policy. Her results were astonishing! Frankly, this is the best idea I have ever seen about grading… How I…

Student Motivation: “Only 25% of My Students Are Motivated!”

September 8, 2015

“Only 25% of my students are motivated! The rest don’t care about anything. They don’t respond to anything.” Vivian -a veteran teacher- shared this concern in a recent consulting call. Vivian teaches students with a very low socio-economic background. But, her concern is echoed by teachers and parents all over the country. Student motivation is…

How to Engage & Motivate Boys

August 31, 2015

A few simple tweaks in the classroom can have a major impact in helping boys (and girls) discover their potential! The education of boys is in crisis! From birth, boys are wired with higher energy levels, untiring curiosity, and a natural born spirit to compete and win. Although they have great potential, it’s no surprise…

Motivation & Engagement: How Working with Partners Gets Better Results

August 24, 2015

We’re continuing our series on motivation and engagement.  Today, the focus is on doing “more with less.” We’ve talked about how paired collaboration works in our business.  It can also work great in the classroom! (See our article “Working in Pairs; the Most Powerful Productivity Tool Ever!”) More examples about the power of pairing are…

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