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ron houtman

Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn - 59 views

  • When it comes to motivating people to learn, disadvantaged urban adolescents are usually perceived as a hard sell. Yet, in a recent MetLife survey, 89 percent of the low-income students claimed I really want to learn applied to them. What is it about the school environment pedagogy, curriculum, climate, organization that encourages or discourages engagement in school activities? How do peers, family, and community affect adolescents attitudes towards learning? Engaging Schools reviews current research on what shapes adolescents school engagement and motivation to learn including new findings on students sense of belonging and looks at ways these can be used to reform urban high schools. This book discusses what changes hold the greatest promise for increasing students motivation to learn in these schools. It looks at various approaches to reform through different methods of instruction and assessment, adjustments in school size, vocational teaching, and other key areas. Examples of innovative schools, classrooms, and out-of-school programs that have proved successful in getting high school kids excited about learning are also included.
Andrea B

Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs - 10 views

  • You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools.
  • Technology, as Dina Strasser likes to say, is a motivational red herring
  • What students are really motivated by are opportunities to be social — to interact around challenging concepts in powerful conversations with their peers.
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  • Technology’s role in today’s classroom, then, isn’t to motivate. It’s to give students opportunities to efficiently and effectively participate in motivating activities built around the individuals and ideas that matter to them.
  • Once you have the answers to these questions — only after you have the answers to these questions — are you ready to make choices about the kinds of digital tools that are worth embracing.
  • You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating
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    You can't motivate students with technology because technology alone isn't motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools.
carmelladoty

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Edutopia - 35 views

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    What students think.... and they are correct.
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    What students say engages them in the classroom.
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    Students were asked "What engages you in school?" This article discusses the results.
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