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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

Communication is Key

20 Oct

 

Communication is Key

 

For any relationship to work there must be communication. In education, the relationship that parents have with their child’s teachers and administrators can make or break the connection with the student. Because parents trust schools with their children, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. It is imperative that schools have an open line of communication with their parents and stakeholders.

Here are five ways to create continuous communication with your parents:

  1. Introduce yourself at the beginning of the year– I know that this can be  long and tedious for teachers at the upper levels, but the first impression is the lasting one. Call or email your parents to enlighten them about what they and their child should expect throughout the year.
  2. Create a Class Website– This will keep your parents in the loop about everything taking place in your class. No parent wants find out on Tuesday that “Math Night” is on Wednesday. The more you keep your parents informed, the more likely they are to participate and communicate.
  3. Make Positive Phone Calls– Parents have become accustomed to receiving phone calls from their child’s school with dread because it seems the call always brings bad news. Make it a point to call and give good and positive news. This will not only boost students’ self-esteem, but the parent will feel a sense of pride in the job they are doing with their children.
  4. Spotlight Nights– Have each department display their students work for parents to come to the school to review. Parents are always amazed at their student’s creativity and accomplishments. This also lets parents know that you want them on your campus to help support the vision of the school.
  5. Remind101– Have all of your parents subscribe to Remind101, to ensure they are receiving day-to-day information on school happenings.

With the parents, teachers, administrators, and students working together, anything is possible.  Keep your parents in the loop and make them feel welcome on your campus, the community spirit will spill over into your halls and success will be inevitable! Parents want to know how their students are doing and what they can do to help, open that line of communication and become a team.

Toshila M. 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