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  • The root of intrinsic is the Latin intrinsecus, a combination of two words meaning within and alongside. It's likely that our students are intrinsically motivated—just motivated to follow their own interests, not to do what we want them to do. Teachers' challenge is to work alongside our students, to know their interests and goals, and to develop trusting relationships that help students connect their learning to their goals in a way that motivates from within.


    How can teachers do this? It's helpful to consider this question in three parts: What skilled teachers think, what they say, and what they do.

Mar 08, 10

"My Network and Me at ASCD!

This morning I had the very great privilege of presenting at the ASCD Annual Conference with two vital members of my Digital/Personal Learning Network—Paula White and Becky Fisher, from Charlottesville Virginia. I'd like to note that we planned the entire session online in virtual environments and did not meet face to face until we got to San Antonio."

Mar 08, 10

"Education Interfering with Instruction?

I was in Cape Town, South Africa to attend the 6th iNET (International Networking for Educational Transformation) conference last week. The conference theme this year is Equity and Excellence for All, a topic that has global appeal because every society is struggling to provide an excellent education for all students. South Africa is a particularly fitting place for this discussion as it works hard to bridge the huge gap between the few advantaged excellent schools with the many disadvantaged schools. The history of South Africa, specifically the Apartheid, has resulted in massive inequalities and injustice in educational opportunities along racial lines."

Feb 04, 10

"Good grades. A quiet classroom. These are often what teachers value. But what if students come to class looking for something else?"

Fantastic read.

Feb 04, 10

"For most teachers, it's easy to develop positive relationships with children who are good learners, compliant, and agreeable. Teachers take for granted that these children want to learn and behave well. Studies show that students who say they have a positive relationship with their teachers, assume their teachers like them, and feel that teachers know they're trying hard to do well more readily learn to control their behaviors and emotions in the classroom (Davis, 2006)."

Jan 29, 10

"I began my work with Twitter by creating a free account, which anyone with an Internet connection can do by visiting I then started following the updates of Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (@snbeach), a Teacher Leaders Network colleague and digital learning expert. Each time I signed into Twitter, I'd automatically see any thoughts that Sheryl had posted, sometimes including links to articles she was reading."

Jan 29, 10

"If I had to make a recommendation to your readers who are new to Twitter, it would be to join with a group of colleagues. When you join by yourself, Twitter can be a lonely place until you build some solid digital relationships. When you join with colleagues, you know someone is listening and you can extend conversations/discoveries in real life."

Jan 29, 10

"Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards

Robert J. Marzano

Interactive whiteboards have become popular over the last few years, and it appears that their use will continue to grow exponentially. Indeed, books like The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution (Betcher & Lee, 2009) attest to the depth and breadth of change that this tool can promote in classroom practice."

Jan 27, 10

"Jessica Towbin's first instinct when encountering students' widespread disengagement and outright hostility toward her was to try to establish control in the classroom. But this was useless at getting to the root reasons why students were tuning out. "

Jan 26, 10

"Get started by creating your own free profile page. You'll also be able to network with colleagues, share photos and videos, and send updates to and receive them from other ASCD EDge members."

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