motivating students

6 Ways Teachers Can Welcome Immigrant Students & Their Families – Education Article

Friendships can grow from a simple greeting. That’s why teachers, students, and administrators at Glen Ellyn School District 41 are encouraged to say hello. Like many districts nationwide, District 41 has experienced an influx of immigrant families in recent years. Thanks to the presence of a World Relief branch in nearby Aurora/DuPage, this suburban Chicago district has become a haven for refugee families. Most newcomers speak Spanish, but many speak Vietnamese or Urdu, a language commonly used in India and…

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Printing on Pencils Is Fun, Magical, and Oh-So Easy – Education Article

Custom and personalized pencils are the best. There’s no better way to show you’re a Harry Potter fan than with an “Expelliarmus” pencil or to highlight your love of books with a pencil that has “I’d rather be reading” etched on it.  Yet these pencils can be expensive and hard to find. So we were incredibly excited to learn about a much cheaper—and easier—way to print on pencils.  We created these pencils specifically for testing day. We focused on positive,…

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Questions That Evoke Wonder in Our Students – Education Article

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.” Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder Many college and university…

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How Schools Are Encouraging More Mindful Screen Time – Education Article

For most tweens and teens in the United States, screen time is a constant, both in and out of school. One study shows that tweens spend 4.5 hours of time on screen every day, while teens spend 6.5 hours. But there is a growing backlash against screens in schools, especially as new research demonstrates the profound impact screen time has on brain development.  With that said, schools are taking concerted effort to examine the use of tech, in some cases banning…

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What Is Coopetition, and Why Does It Belong in the Classroom? – Education Article

In my mind, collaboration and competition have always been contradictory concepts. Either you work together or against one another, right? So I was surprised to learn that many researchers actually view collaboration and competition on a continuum (Varner 2013). In fact, in the business world this concept is known as coopetition. What is coopetition? Coopetition is collaboration between competitors, in the hope of mutually beneficial results. Both collaboration and competition have advantages, but they also have their respective challenges. Coopetition, on…

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A Growth Mindset: Essential for Student & Faculty Success – Education Article

There is increasing awareness among K-12 educators on the importance of fostering a growth mindset. A recent survey by the Education Week Research Center (2016) indicated that 45 percent of K-12 educators were well acquainted with the concept of growth mindset, and almost all believed that nurturing a growth mindset in their students would improve learning outcomes. Although mindset is receiving a great deal of consideration in the K-12 classroom from teachers across disciplines, there has been less attention devoted…

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