Motivation

Posted July 27, 2021

Here’s How Educators Can Recharge to Prepare for a Successful School Year

The 2021 end-of-year celebrations likely brought a greater sense of accomplishment than normal for educators, students, and families, but we know the last few months…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted Sep. 10, 2019

Here’s Why Awards Over Rewards Is a Better Approach to Student Motivation

Student motivation can be an elusive goal for teachers. We try to think of “out of the box” strategies to get our kids to feel…

By Nicole Greene

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Posted June 11, 2019
Black boy sleeping at his desk in school

If Your Students Seem Unmotivated, Maybe It’s Time to Go Deep on Why

Most of us don’t think about motivation on a day-to-day basis. It’s when we want to change habits or accomplish something new and bold that…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room is, a post that included…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Nov. 27, 2018

I Traveled Across 14 States and Every Student Told Me the Same Story About Why They’re Not Motivated in the Classroom

Recently I was in Dodge City, Kansas, at Red Beard Coffee on Gunsmoke Street. I walk up to a guy with a red beard—the owner—and…

By Chris Holmes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Here’s the Trick to Becoming a Better Teacher on Your Own

As a high school English teacher, I was faced with a fundamental problem: Many of my kids weren’t actually reading the class material. Reading the…

By Eric Kalenze

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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