Click here to watch an interesting video about curiosity. Although the speaker, Seth Godin, talks about a lot of things besides just education, curiosity is a huge factor in student motivation, and he speaks eloquently about why it's important. Also, about 2 minutes in, he raises an interesting point about education. "For seven, ten, fifteen years of school, you are required to not be curious," he says. I have to say, I'm not sure I agree with that, and some of the other things he says, but I am sympathetic to his point. Check out the video, and let me ...


When should educators take race into account when running schools and when should they remain colorblind? Debra Viadero tackles this question in a recent Education Week article, "Teachers Advised to 'Get Real' on Race." No matter how busy you are this week, it's worth taking the time to read this article. The implications it has for student motivation-related issues are huge. And it's also a topic worthy of a discussion among readers of this blog. So read the article and then let's get a conversation going regarding the question: Should educators be race-conscious or colorblind?...


Diane Ravitch, over on her Bridging Differences blog, has written a post about cash incentives. She discusses how paying low-income students for test scores is supposed to promote equality, and why she's critical of that movement. It's a thoughtful post, and worth checking out....


A few months ago, I wrote a post about a new study which concluded that kids weren't reading as much. As an avid reader, motivating people to read is something I'm very interested in, and so I was excited to see this article in The Oregonian, which attempts to answer some of the questions I raised in my previous post. Here's an excerpt: School librarians say they know the secrets to drawing kids away from TV and computer screens and into books. But it requires an insider's knowledge of young adult books. And with fewer and fewer librarians in Oregon ...


This story in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer highlights a statewide effort in 35 Ohio school districts to help a few hundred freshman boys graduate. The program targets boys who have at least one of four factors that deem students "at-risk" for dropping out--being overage, having failed two major courses in eighth grade, having been suspended, or having been frequently absent. Each student in the program meets with a "personal motivator" every couple of weeks for encouragement and guidance. Every school that participates also has a "graduation action team" that consists of teachers, parents, clergy, and representatives from the business and ...


If you haven't seen it already, the Research Center here at EdWeek has put together a thorough evaluation of states' individual education systems called Quality Counts. Of particular note to readers of this blog may be the Chance-For-Success Index (requires Adobe reader), which evaluates students' likelihood to succeed based on each state's figures on thirteen benchmarks--including family income, level of parents' education, parents' employment, preschool enrollment, high school graduation rates, and annual income, among others. Those factors play a major role in motivating students to do well in school, and can make a big difference in student achievement. This issue ...


Once again, offering students cash incentives to boost test scores has been in the news a lot lately, and the idea seems to be gaining traction. According to this commentary in the Christian Science Monitor, a cash rewards system in Texas has had some positive results so far. Check out our incentives and rewards page for past posts about this topic....


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