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January 2016 Topic: Motivation


Why aren’t students motivated to learn?  Little has vexed me more than this particular question over the course of my career. And while I have certainly sought the answers during my first two decades in the…

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Public Platform: Now that you are on the outside looking in, how did your motivation impact your own education and what implications has that had in your life after school?


Public, please join this month’s Public Platform conversation post by discussing the question: Now that you are on the outside looking in, how did your motivation impact your own education and what implications has that…

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Parent Perspective: From home, what works and does not work for motivating your children to learn?


Parents, please join this month’s Parent Perspective conversation post by discussing the question: From home, what works and does not work for motivating your children to learn? Welcome, parents!  Your words matter.  Please join the conversation….

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Student Say: What really motivates you to learn?


Students–both past and present, please join this month’s Student Say conversation post by discussing the question: What really motivates you to learn? Welcome, students!  Your words matter.  Please join the conversation.  Though you are young…

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Teacher Talk: What works and does not work for motivating students to learn in your classroom?


Teachers, please join this month’s Teacher Talk conversation post by discussing the question: What works and does not work for motivating students to learn in your classroom? Welcome, teachers!  Our words matter.  Please join the conversation….

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Morning Minutes: December 18, 2015


Did I do enough?  Did I do all I could?  Teaching is full of ends and beginnings, a constant cycle of looking forward and looking back, both blessing and curse. Indeed. With each beginning, I wonder at…

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Morning Minutes: December 17, 2015


Good morning.  As our project presentations come to an end today, I’d like to begin by giving one of my students Megan a huge shout out for publicly challenging me to complete this project, resulting in…

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Morning Minutes: December 16, 2015


Two nights ago I attended my son and daughter’s piano recital.  As they each faced the anxiety of performing in front of a crowd, I shared in their anxious moments, hoping for their sake, for…

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Morning Minutes: December 15, 2015


I’d like to begin the morning with saying happy birthday to my dad who passed away in February 2006.  Happy Birthday, Dad. Back to the classroom.  So, as it happens, after all my scrambling and…

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