student motivation

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

| July 14, 2014 | 69 Comments

The Independent Project is a result of a high school student’s mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.

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Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

| January 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

Public Science Project has been successful at enlisting the help of young people and motivating them to engage in highly academic work in large part because they value what those youth bring to the table. This model offers interesting insights for educators struggling to motivate and challenge learners that seem disengaged or disinterested in learning.

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For Poor Students, Why College Should Be More Than A Path to Upward Mobility

For Poor Students, Why College Should Be More Than A Path to Upward Mobility

| January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Educators often try to motivate students to work hard in school by emphasizing that college is the best path towards economic and social mobility. But getting a college education isn’t just about earning money in the future, it’s also about intellectual passion.

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2013 Big Ideas in Education

2013 Big Ideas in Education

| December 18, 2013 | 26 Comments

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

| November 18, 2013 | 11 Comments

Public school teacher Larry Ferlazzo shares ideas and tips about how to balance curriculum needs, test prep and the bigger goal of helping students develop the motivation to learn for themselves.

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How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations

How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations

| October 3, 2013 | 16 Comments

A lot of kids have big dreams about what they want to do as adults — whether that’s become a professional athlete or a teacher — but no idea of what it takes to get there. Here are ideas on how to help them find their aspirations.

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