This week's poll on the Education Week homepage may be of particular interest to the readers of this blog. It asks the question, "Do U.S. students spend enough time and effort on academics in high school?" So far, out of 179 total responses, the overwhelming answer is no. Twenty-six voters (14 percent) said yes, while 153 voters (85 percent) said no. This is by no means a scientifically sound survey, and there are still four days to go before the voting officially ends, but I doubt the end result will change significantly. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on ...


My colleague Andrew Trotter has written a story about a documentary called 2 Million Minutes that compares 6 high school students from three different countries--India, China, and the United States. As you might imagine, the documentary examines the steadfast dedication of the Indian and Chinese students in contrast to the relaxed attitude of the American students. It's worth noting that all of the students the documentary follows are bright students who are at the top of their class. According to the story, both the Indian and Chinese students emphasize their long-term career and education goals when talking about their education, ...


This article in the Orange County Register is an inspiring story about a man named Matthew Peterson who has created a series of educational computer games that teach elementary school children math skills. In the games, students use math concepts to help an animated penguin named Jiji overcome obstacles--like filling a ditch, building a bridge, or crossing a river, according to the article. The games rely on spatial-temporal reasoning, and do not require the use of language skills, making them a good fit for ESL students. So far, the schools that use the computer games have made significant strides in ...


One of the greatest motivators for young people and adults alike, at least from this amateur philosopher's perspective, is an attitude in which you appreciate what you have and realize that many others are not as fortunate. I know that sounds very basic and maybe even a little corny, but in coaching this generation of middle and high school boys in lacrosse, I have come to the sad conclusion that most middle class and upper middle class kids don't truly appreciate what they have, whether it be natural athletic ability or a comfortable home to sleep in every night. They ...


Last week, we asked you which topics you'd like to see covered in Motivation Matters in 2008. We really appreciate all the helpful feedback, and in keeping with one commenter's request for more discussion of special education students, we'd like to direct your attention to this Wall Street Journal article available on edweek.org. The article talks about one Floridian school district that has successfully included 65 percent of their special education students into general education classes. Some experts are skeptical about the benefits of the trend, but as the article points out, "research shows many students with disabilities make ...


I read a story yesterday in The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer about a new middle school program that selects a handful of overage eighth-grade students and puts them into accelerated classes aimed to get them back on track with their high school peers. Since the program targets students who are behind, I was interested to see how the program motivated typically under-performing students to work twice as hard as the average student to catch up. The article didn't go into the program's methodology in great detail, but one of the students cites smaller class sizes as a reason ...


Tara Parker-Pope, the author of a new health blog at the New York Times, points to an interesting study of teachers in Germany. It suggests that overly demanding parents, not unruly students or long hours, might be the biggest reason why teachers lose their motivation to teach and eventually quit the profession. I am sure many former teachers in the United States would agree. And, in fact, some had strong opinions to voice in response to Parker-Pope's posting of the study findings. Their comments are worth reading because you can feel the deep levels of frustration in their words. Here's ...


Advertisement

Recent Comments

  • Reward Incentive Programs: Awesome!!! Nice write-up. In this present scenario of economic downturn read more
  • milan hotels: I believe that all schools should adapt to the citizen read more
  • best life coaching: I also disagree because motivation is needed everywhere and in read more
  • find a life coach: This is a good way of promoting arts and education read more
  • www.instituteforcoaching.com: citizen school is best schools for all over they motivation read more

Archives

Categories

Technorati

Technorati search

» Blogs that link here