Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Importance of Helping Students Save Face

Are your hard to teach and underachieving students friendly and kind? Easy to get along with? Or are they often the students that drive your blood pressure up and tax your patience? If your experience is like mine, I'm guessing … Continue reading

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Kindling Fires of Curiosity

“A mind is a fire to kindled, not a vessel to be filled.” (Plutarch) I am a Mainer who has lived in several homes heated by wood stoves, and have done living history, and have gone camping, so I am … Continue reading

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Making Lessons Interesting 2

It may not be possible to always tie curriculum into the students’ interests, even when teachers know their students well. I do believe, however, that we can make things interesting. Take, for example, adjectives. This is typically a topic that … Continue reading

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Making Lessons Interesting 1

Intrinsic motivation (things that we're interested in) is probably our most powerful motivator. Interest as a motivator is not just building on what students are already interested in. It is also about making things interesting. Can you use novelty? Can … Continue reading

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