With the first month of the new school year in the books, we now have to make sure that we keep our energy, excitement and motivation for learning up. The newness of the school year is over and the excitement of coming back and seeing our students and other educators has ended. So what are we doing to keep ourselves and more importantly our students engaged and motivated.
When we talk about the term unmotivated, what exactly are we saying, does it mean that the student is not engaged or are they non-compliant. Is it an issue of these students choosing to be difficult or do they simply not understand the material. Does the teacher have anything to do with the students motivation or is this just an intrinsic quality that the student possess.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we look at these questions and more and share knowledge and answers that may help us all to be more successful in motivating our students, our teachers and ourselves.
As we begin the 2014-15 school year, all of the educators in Rhode Island are aware that we will be moving away from NECAP and into PARCC as the assessment to measure student proficiency in the areas of Math and ELA. Although the PARCC assessment is aligned to the curriculum that is being delivered in these content areas, it is a big shift from what NECAP offered, especially at the secondary level. The fact that it is aligned to CCSS and is measured multiple times throughout the year is one big shift, as well as the ultimate goal of the assessment being delivered online.
The question that now arises for all educators is what are we doing to prepare ourselves and our students for success. What tools and/or strategies are we using. What supports do we need either from the district or state level to help better prepare us all.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we take a close look at this important shift in education and learn from each other what is working.
Many in education look at Math, Literacy and graduation rates as the key areas of focus and how we measure our success. I would argue that those numbers are directly related to the relationships that we build with our students. When students have a safe, secure environment where they are able to focus on the learning, then and only then can they achieve to their greatest potential.
Join us this Sunday night at 8 PM as we look closely at how relationships influence and affect all of us in the field of education.
Don Miller -