EdChat News Monday, March 12 Students, Student motivation, Feedback & more…

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  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students
    • If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really in line with research.
    • students, student motivation, extrinsic reinforcement, natural motivation students, growth mindset
  • Moving from Feedback to Feedforward
    • Instead of rating and judging a person’s performance in the past, feedforward focuses on their development in the future.
    • feedback, Hirsch, long feedback session, people, Joe Hirsch
  • What to Do on Lame Duck School Days
    • When you’re still technically in school, but the conditions just aren’t great for teaching, what do you do to make the most of the time? Here are 30 ideas.
    • students, lame duck, time, Lame Duck time, free class time
  • How much alignment is there between our own instructional moves and the research on student motivation?
  • My response: – – I was pretty good about letting students choose topics for writing assignments, but I also required a lot of seat work as well.
  • And those who study motivation tell us that extrinsic reinforcementcan be motivating if the task is something easy: If youre trying to get students to clean up the classroom quickly, for example, offering class points toward a party can get them to speed up.
  • As a teacher, my classroom management was a mess until I learned how to control students with names on the board, extra credit, whole-class rewards for good behavior, and the ever-reliable bag of Jolly Ranchers.
  • When introducing a task, try focusing onits inherent interest or value, or how much students are going to learn, rather than on a separate reward or grade.

Tags: students, student motivation, extrinsic reinforcement, natural motivation students, growth mindset

  • In this weeks podcast, I interview Joe Hirsch, author ofThe Feedback Fix: Dump the Past, Embrace the Future, and Lead the Way to Change.
  • When we give feedback to our students, or when our co-workers or administrators give feedback to us, the focus is on the past.
  • If you want feedback to make an impact, Hirsch notes, you have to put it in terms that people can operationalize.
  • When students go to the same peers for feedback on their work, have them seek out the opinion of someone new, or consider getting the input of a group of students from a different class or grade level entirely.
  • If the feedback youre giving to your students, your coworkers, and even the people at home isnt having quite the effect you intend, try shifting to a fee

Tags: feedback, Hirsch, long feedback session, people, Joe Hirsch

  • We have something like that in school: those days when technically were still in school, but because its right before vacation, the end of the school year is near, or were in the middle of standardized testing, those class hours dont have the same instructional potential as your average school…
  • Sometimes instead of days, we have small bursts of Lame Duck time: The leftover 15 minutes after the fire drill, when you know you dont have enough time to actually finish the lesson you were teaching, but you dont want to just let them sit there.
  • And I understand why: As a parent, when ask my kids what they did in school on any given day, and I hear watched a movie, Im annoyed.
  • And when the movie is, say, The Sound of Music, or some other classic I have waited years to experience with my kids, and then they tell me their music teacher puts it on all the time, I feel robbed as a parent.
  • HOWEVER…when it comes time to plan for Lame Duck days, we really do have so many more options beyond the showing of videos.

Tags: students, lame duck, time, Lame Duck time, free class time

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