The folks over at SmartTeaching.org recently compiled a list of the "100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers," a compilation organized into nine categories: history, science, language, arts, inspiration, classroom management, how-tos and guides, technology, and humor. I wasn't particularly impressed with a couple of the motivation-related videos I watched, but I barely scratched the surface of what's available. You should take a look and if you find motivation-related material that is worth noting, let us know....


I have been encouraging, pushing, and prodding my 13-year-old son for years to read more. He has declared numerous times that he hates to read because it is boring and a waste of time. I have countered that reading allows you to travel to times and places you could never actually visit, it helps you understand the world around you, and becoming a better reader will eventually help you land a better job in the future. The last argument seems to attract the most attention. He has brushed off my arguments for years as typical parental blather. But maybe, just ...


There are very few events that capture the concepts of determination, perseverance, and motivation better than the Olympics. Unlike Kevin, I'm not a big sports fan, and I very rarely keep up with athletics in general, but every time the Olympics roll around, I find myself glued to the television, marveling at the absolutely amazing things people are capable of. I put more hours of TV-watching in during the Olympics than I do at any other time of year (well, except for Shark Week). I know of at least one program that is working to harness the awe-inspiring power of ...


I have a confession: I am a public radio addict. It started a few months ago when a friend sent me a link to a show he thought I might like, and since then it's spiraled a little bit out of control. I've subscribed to dozens of podcasts and my radio dial has barely moved from my local public radio station. The reason I'm telling you this is because I stumbled across a video a few weeks ago that I would like to share. It's Ira Glass, the radio host of This American Life, talking about the creative process and ...


I was glad to see in the July 31 Baltimore Sun that even in a time when school districts and local governments are strapped for cash, some programs are still deemed important enough to warrant continued funding. Baltimore's YouthWorks program, which employs thousands of students during the summer, received about $300,000 from the state government in funding this year, which contributed to the program finding work for about 6,500 students--up from 5,400 last year, says the article. This program not only boosts the workforce in Baltimore, but also exposes teens to a myriad of careers and allows ...


I don't think a day goes by when I don't see another story about the price of gas--the way it's affecting school districts, the economy, family vacations, and lifestyles in general. Take this story in the Los Angeles Times. It says that for the first time in nine years, gas has taken over apparel as the top expense for teens, according to a survey by Junior Achievement. Although gas prices have begun to level off and even drop slightly, they're still high and will most likely remain that way for awhile. I'm interested to see how this shift in expenses ...


This story by teacher Jennifer McDaniel is a great read for anyone aspiring to be an educator or mentor. McDaniel says that when she began to rock climb, even though she wanted to reach the top of the wall, and she listened to her instructor's directions, it was very difficult for her to succeed in scaling the wall. Although she was listening very closely and trying her hardest, she kept making mistakes, which in turn made her instructor frustrated and impatient. The experience made her realize how important it was to have teachers who believed in their students and didn't ...


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