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We are Teachers

WeAreTeachers offers inspiration for your lessons and loads of professional development resources for educators. Plus, we top it all off with hundreds of opportunities to win cash and prizes so that educators have access to the educational resources they need, regardless of declining budgets nationwide.Our mission is to promote innovation in education through collaboration and connection to the most effective classroom resources. Every day, we are dedicated to empowering, celebrating and supporting the hard work that you do....For more details visit: www.weareteachers.com

Learning Assessment

A moment's thought after looking over these verbs should make you say: Huh? How can the verb, itself, determine the rigor? Couldn't the rigor of so-called high-level verbs be compromised by a simplistic task and scoring system? Vice versa: can't we imagine some of the low-level verbs occurring in highly-challenging and rigorous assessments? (e.g. Who, what, when, and why in a complex journalism case would be rigorous work.)...For more details visit: www.teachthought.com

27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom

We've talked about the definition of intrinsic motivation in the past. We've also talked about some basic ways to improve student motivation.This time, it's Mia MacMeekin's turn to speak to you about the same, but through gridded, blocked, and easy to read infographics. The graphic starts with a definition for both intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation, then offers 27 verbs that can help promote that magic stuff that is characterized by curiosity, effort, engagement, and academic success.Some were a little iffy–"praise" and "milestones" seemed a little closer to extrinsic motivation. But the vast majority are useful to consider as you design units, lessons, and activities this school year....For more details visit: www.teachthought.com

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won't get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they're not motivated.Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Of course that's much easier said than done, as all students are motivated differently and it takes time and a lot of effort to learn to get a classroom full of kids enthusiastic about learning, working hard, and pushing themselves to excel...For more details visit: www.teachthought.com

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

Wherever we are, we'd all like to think our classrooms are "intellectually active" places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual "things." This is all a bunch of rhetoric until we put on our white coats and study it under a microscope, at which point abstractions like curiosity, authenticity, self-knowledge, and affection will be hard to pin down.So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. They can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against–see if you notice a pattern....For more details visit: www.teachthought.com