Motivation guru Richard Lavoie, the author of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets for Turning On the Tuned-Out Child, talks to USA Today in this Q&A session about the importance of not branding kids as lazy, the balance between providing support and encouraging challenges, and the wisdom, or lack thereof, of reward systems, competition, and punishment. It's a good and easy read, so it's worth checking out....


A high school in Minnesota is trying to motivate kids to get to school on time by linking parking privileges to tardiness, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The school has set up a graduated system of consequences for tardiness that suspends students' parking permits. What's your prediction? Do you think the new policy will yield measurable results?...


A new organization is being launched today to promote an extended school day and school year. The National Center on Time & Learning will provide research and support for efforts to increase academic and enrichment opportunities for students, which some experts say can help improve student performance and close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers. There is currently a bill in Congress to fund district-level programs for expanded learning time, and the strategy is included in the discussion draft for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act that was released by House education leaders last ...


Does fining or punishing parents for their children's misbehavior really work? Probably not, suggests a recent story by the BBC. One researcher looked specifically at whether fining parents worked to discourage British children from skipping school. But he found no link between the parental penalties and improved school attendance. Rather, the story says, efforts to educate parents about how to discipline their children tend to be more effective than fines. But it says such efforts are expensive and therefore not widespread. I have known some families in which most of the kids are well-behaved and respectful, but there is one ...


The majority of what we write about in this blog centers on academic motivation. But motivation matters in the physical education world too. That's why it's worth noting that Texas recently introduced a statewide physical fitness test, to address what one health expert calls the "fitness and fatness of our youth in Texas," according to an Associated Press story on edweek.org. (FYI: We now have an AP education news feed on edweek.org that rolls new stories online 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There's a lot of good content in the feed that you would probably ...


In "Lessons Drawn from Sputnik 50 Years Later," Education Week writer Sean Cavanagh looks back at a defining era for math and science education. But some experts say the more recent quest to increase interest in math and science careers, and raise the rigor of courses in those subjects, is more complex today than it was 50 years ago. Rather than simply competing with the Soviets, it's about competing with the world. What lessons do you think Sputnik has for today's schools?...


Education Week writer Lesli Maxwell is spending quite a bit of time in New Orleans this school year as she tracks the progress of Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology. She is filing special online-only dispatches about the school's efforts to raise student achievement. The latest dispatch, "Building Skills, Rebuilding a Home," looks at week five of the school year, when student progress reports were being sent home to parents. This story is all about motivation. And it's a good read. So check it out....


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