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Four Strategies that Spark Curiosity and Fuel Motivation

Four Strategies that Spark Curiosity and Fuel Motivation

Research shows that four strategies spark curiosity and fuel motivation: big ideas, meaningful student choice, increased cognitive demand, and scaffolding. Here’s how Foundations & Frameworks (a K-6) instructional reading program) naturally embeds all four strategies: Foundations & Frameworks is research-based, and time-tested. Join us this summer for Foundations & Frameworks Basic Training.

Power Tools Can Make All the Difference: Introduction

I was recently reminded that power tools can make all the difference. The play cottage Nona and Pop gave our daughter sat in the garage awaiting construction. You see, my husband and I clearly recall a previous play-kitchen construction project that took three times longer than anticipated. As a result, we dreaded this project. Adding
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What the Twilight Zone and Radishes Have to Do with Teaching

A great story compels us to curiosity by the questions it raises. On the other hand, curiosity compels us to question when we’re not privy to the full story. Good teaching embraces curiosity. This brief video clip is from a recent presentation and is part of our Fueling Learning workshop.

Insights from a Second Grader…and a Hamster

During a classroom observation, one of the second-grade students reminded me that curiosity is worth pursuing, even when it’s not on the schedule. This brief video clip is from a recent presentation and is part of our Fueling Learning workshop.

Current Trends and Issues in Education – Q&A Part 2

Here are a few more responses to questions on current trends and issues in education, including educators in faith-based learning environments cultivating growth mindset, the connection between personalization of learning and growth mindset, and the effects of social media and students’ belief about their intelligence. Do you see a unique position that educators in a
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Current Trends and Issues in Education – Q&A Part 1

As part of her graduate class requirement, a teacher asked my perspective on current trends and issues in education. She asked some very thoughtful questions—here are the first three of nine: What practices do you think are important for teachers, administrators and other interested professionals in staying current with research and trends in mindset and
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4 Benefits of a Vertical Alignment Initiative

Curriculum review, a process often referred to as “vertical alignment,” involves a thorough examination of topics and skills being taught. It is both a discovery and school improvement process with each discipline, such as science or language arts, being reviewed from beginning to end. Teachers from each division and discipline, as well as members of
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Increasing Learning By Minding Mindset

The story of “The Little Engine That Could” illustrates the ideas of belief, effort, achievement, and confidence. If we connect these ideas, we notice the following relationships: belief influences effort; effort influences achievement; achievement influences confidence. This video clip explains how these relationships influence student learning and behavior. For a succinct summary of the research
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15 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Educational Consultant

Ideas evolve daily. Some live briefly, some lay dormant, but others grow. They become a vision: This is what [my students, my school, my business, my world] would look like as a result of this idea. Soon, strategy becomes critical for moving ideology to practicality, and eventually, measurable objectives are developed to measure evidence of
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