Student Engagement

On Student Engagement: How To Be As Interesting As A Video Game

On Student Engagement: How To Be As Interesting As A Video Game How Video Games Have Mastered Learning Engagement Terry Heick Agreeing on how to best establish what a learner understands isn’t simple — if for no other reason than understanding isn’t simple. Gamification and game-based learning (which are different, by the way: the former uses […]

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The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time

The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time by Dominique Smith Just like every student wonders what their teachers will be like this school year, teachers are similarly curious. This curiosity builds over the years, often catalyzed by the fear of failure. What if I fail? What if my lessons don’t ‘work’? What if my […]

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A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students

A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students By Jeffrey Benson ed note: this has been republished from a previous post Hanging In is about making a difference in the lives of significantly challenging special needs students.  A number of mainstream teachers, who find themselves with a challenging student, have told me that their […]

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5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious by Terry Heick Note this post has been updated from original publishing in February of 2013 Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education. Education, of course, is different than learning. Education implies a formal, systematic, and strategic intent to cause learning. In this case, […]

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The Definition Of Intrinsic Motivation

The Definition Of Intrinsic Motivation by TeachThought Staff A decent working definition of intrinsic motivation is “motivation that stems directly from an action rather than a reward.” Dr. Richard Ryan and Edward Deci explain in their Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations: Classic Definitions & New Directions. “Intrinsic motivation is defined as the doing of an activity […]

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The Thing About Homework

The Thing About Homework by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development *this post was originally published at TeachThought PD As schools around the United States get restarted for another year so does the annual debate about homework. Should there be mandatory homework? How much is appropriate? Does it further disadvantage disadvantaged students? Does it […]

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14 Messages Every Student Needs To Hear From You

14 Messages Every Student Needs To Hear From You by Terry Heick Okay–quick post on the kinds of messages that can disarm the teacher-student (or school-student) relations and help build relationships with students that last. 1. It’s not how much you know, but what you do with what you know. This is tough to wrap […]

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4 Timeless Elements Of Strong Student-Teacher Relationships

4 Timeless Elements Of Strong Student-Teacher Relationships by Kim Lee One of the most pure and deeply inspirational relationships is that of a devoted teacher and a willing student. Almost everyone has a favorite teacher, and those we liked less. What causes us to still cherish these relationships and harbor powerful sentiments of respect and […]

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