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Collaborative Motivation

9 Dec

Collaboration 2

As an educator, one of the most important parts of my job is motivating my students.  When they come in dragging or feeling that they will never understand math or any other subject in which they have challenges, it is my job to continue to believe in and encourage them that they can and will be successful, however in order for student motivation to work and be sustained, it must be a home and campus wide initiative. Parents, teachers and administrators are the most influential sources when it comes to academic motivation and our kids need to know that we are behind them 100%!

Here are 3 tips to inspire collaborative motivation:

  1. Welcome Assembly– At the beginning of the school year; arrange an assembly where the administrators discuss student expectations, discipline plans, GPA requirements, and standardized testing requirements. This will also give administrators a platform to introduce themselves and give the students a motivational pep talk.
  2. Academic Pep Rallies– Pep rallies are not just for athletics anymore. Sometimes we need some serious pom pom stimulation for our brains. Throughout the year organize academic pep rallies to encourage students to do well on state and district-wide tests. These rallies will keep them aware of the importance of meeting test standards while challenging them to meet those standards in a way that is fun and supportive.
  3. Campus-Wide Competition– Maybe it’s just my personal nature, but I love a little healthy competition. Organize fun ways for different classes of students to compete for prizes or awards (nothing like good old bragging rights) with their test scores and percentages. This will not only motivate individual students but will allow students to motivate and help one another.

For anything to work everyone must be on board.  Try out some of these campus wide initiatives to motivate your students, but even when this is not possible, find small ways to motivate them each day and they will continue to improve.

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents

Teachers Going Through “The Change”: Bringing Technology To The Classroom

7 Sep
Kids using technology.

Kids using technology.

In preparation for this school year I completed much research on the 1:1 initiative which is set to begin on my campus this fall. The 1:1 initiative is a program that incorporates the use of technology in the classroom on a daily basis as an additional resource, not as the mode of instruction. As part of the 1:1 initiative, all of the students on my campus will be provided net books for school and home use.

Apprehension regarding the use of technology in the classroom is common amongst teachers and while there are con’s, there are pro’s as well. Technology provides access to excellent sources of information on any topic you may be teaching. The purpose of technology in the classroom is simply to introduce another form of engagement. Not all students learn in the same fashion, therefore if a widespread resource such as technology may assist us in reaching and teaching children that have a hard time learning in the traditional manners then we must at least give them a try. In addition, our children are growing in a technological world in which they will be forced to compete once they leave our schools and it is our duty to prepare them for the world even if it is one that seems a bit foreign to us, as older more traditional learners and teachers. Technology should not and will not ever replace the nurturing, one on one instruction that can come only from a human, seeing, feeling educator, it is just another tool provided to us in our ongoing mission to stimulate the young mind.

Here are a few ways I am thinking of using technology in my classroom:

  1. Facebook (Yes, I said it.): Keeping parents and students informed on upcoming tests, quizzes and projects by setting up a private Facebook page that only my students and parents can join. When initiating these types of efforts, security is key. Make sure that you are taking all necessary precautions to protect your students from adverse online happenings.
  2. Online lessons: As a differentiated instruction tool, there will be lessons located in EDMODO or PROJECT SHARE which the students will complete. Those who are faster learners/workers or at a higher academic level will also be provided with an enrichment lesson. This will ensure that all students are fully engaged and receiving work that is appropriate for their level of understanding, while also being aligned with the state and district curriculum.
  3. Instant messaging: I will be providing immediate feedback to each and every student by using resources such as EDMODO and PROJECT SHARE to send instant messages to students. My students will be able to post their questions in real-time on a discussion board as I am presenting the lesson. Not only will students be able to see the discussion that day, but they will also have the option to look back at the discussion at a later date for review.
  4. Going paperless source: My students will be taking test and quizzes on their net books, which will alleviate the use of paper. GO GREEN!

In what ways are you using technology on your campus? Do you think technology in the classroom is helping or hurting our student’s progress?

Toshila Darjean

When we align, the stars will shine.

@5starstudents

 

Welcome to 5 Star Student!

16 Aug

Kids holding hands

Welcome to 5 Star Student! My name is Toshila Darjean and I decided to start this blog in order share my experiences as an educator and as a mother in hopes that I can create a forum in which the sharing of my ideas, knowledge and experiences may be of assistance to parents, teachers and others for the benefit of our children.

The name 5 Star Student holds significance because I agree with modern educational standards that suggest that children need the positive influence and encouragement of parents, themselves, administrators, teachers and the community in order to become well-rounded, productive adults that have the ability to contribute back to society. Each of the 5 components is essential to our children’s success not only in school, but also in life.

Come back and check out my weekly posts and share your ideas and thoughts as well!

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents