Tag Archives: Engagement and motivation

‘Killing’ with kindness and the dangers of differentiation

Towards the end of last year, the newspapers appeared full of negative reports about teachers holding low expectations of students. Students from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds (especially white working class children and black children) are underachieving in schools and one of … Continue reading

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Everyone starts with an ‘A’: Is fear a better motivator than aspiration?

A recent study by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) argues that teachers should consider giving all students an ‘A’ grade at the start of the year on the basis that there is a … Continue reading

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APA Learning & Memory digest

Having found a helpful BPS blog, I thought I’d see what the APA (the US equivalent) might have: APA: Education APA: Learning & memory Whilst browsing I found an interesting short article on student avoidance strategies in mathematics that might … Continue reading

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Praising children – and when not to

Interesting article in the Guardian about effective use of praise – and how some forms of praise can actually have a negative effect on motivation. Guardian: The art of praising children.

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Teacher’s toolbox

Here’s a useful set of short articles on some of the key elements of AFL and motivation. Formative teaching methods Dweck on motivation The articles all come from the Cambridge Regional College: Teacher’s Toolbox website – where you can find … Continue reading

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Dan Pink on motivation

Claire sent this link to a TED talk by Dan Pink on motivation. TED – Dan Pink

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Praise and rewards – use thoughtfully!

The two Willingham articles I’ll be talking about in the CPD twilight session tonight are: How praise can motivate – or stifle. and Should learning be its own reward? There are a host of other interesting articles – looking at … Continue reading

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Research for Teachers: Pupils in low attaining groups

Here’s an article (courtesy of Maxine) looking at what makes teaching and learning effective for pupils in low attaining groups. GTC (2009) Research for Teachers: Pupils in low attaining groups

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Marzano engagement strategies

Following on from Maxine’s presentation this morning, here’s 5 tips from Robert Marzano on creating greater engagement in the classroom: 5 ways to get and keep your students’ attention

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Using games to enhance student achievement

Here’s an interesting article from Marzano on using academic games. As well as motivating, well thought-out games can also raise achievement … “Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to examine the influence of academic games in … Continue reading

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