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Research-backed techniques for cultivating motivation and sustaining momentum. From understanding the psychology of motivation to practical tips for maintaining enthusiasm and resilience,

School to Prison Pipeline

Evidence shows that police presence in schools is not an effective way to improve school safety. Instead, schools should focus on implementing evidence-based solutions that promote positive student behavior and create a safe and supportive learning environment. The presence of police officers on school campuses negatively impacts the youth in a number of ways including: Evidence-based solutions that should be used instead of police officers in schools: In addition to the evidence-based solutions listed above, there are a number of other things that schools can do to improve school safety without involving police officers. These include: By focusing on these… Read More »School to Prison Pipeline

Unconditional Positive Regard

Unconditional positive regard is the acceptance and love of a child for who they are, regardless of their behavior. It’s essential for a child’s healthy development, including their self-esteem, self-determination, and motivation to succeed. When parents and teachers show unconditional positive regard for children, they’re communicating to the children that they are worthy of love and respect, even when they make mistakes. This helps children develop a positive sense of self-worth and to believe in themselves. Children that receive unconditional positive regard, are more likely to view challenges as opportunities for growth and development. They become receptive to constructive feedback,… Read More »Unconditional Positive Regard

How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Stress can be tough on kids, especially their brains. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to be a positive parent. Positive parenting means being loving and supportive, setting clear rules and expectations, and praising your child when they do good things. It also means listening to your child when they’re upset and helping them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions. Expressing unconditional positive regard evokes confidence, curiosity and intrinsic motivation to succeed.   Positive parenting isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your… Read More »How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Motivation & Learning

MOTIVATION & LEARNING Motivation is a key factor in student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they’re more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain more information, and perform at one’s highest level. Types of Motivation:  Intrinsic Motivation Vs. Extrinsic Motivation Intrinsic – An internal drive that comes from within. Extrinsic – A drive that comes from external factors.  Extrinsic motivation comes from other factors like rewards, punishment, or even pressure from others. Research shows that intrinsic motivation is a more powerful predictor of student engagement and learning than extrinsic motivation. When students are intrinsically motivated, they’re… Read More »Motivation & Learning

Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

Behavior Management Strategies to Establish a Positive Classroom Culture Establishing a positive classroom tone is crucial for a successful school year. Here are seven specific actions teachers could take during the first week of school to set a positive classroom tone: Establish Clear Expectations: Clearly communicate your behavioral expectations to students from the beginning. Set clear rules and consequences for the classroom and ensure that students understand them. Create a Welcoming Environment: Set up the physical space in a way that is inviting and conducive to learning. Arrange desks or tables in a way that encourages collaboration and interaction among… Read More »Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

Keep Students Motivated & Engaged

How to Keep Students Motivated and Engaged Provide a positive learning environment Create an environment where students feel supported and comfortable. Encourage students to share their opinions and ideas, and validate their contributions. Use active learning strategies Incorporate active learning strategies like group projects, debates, and class discussions to keep students engaged and interested. Give specific feedback Provide timely feedback on assignments and assessments to help students stay on track and feel motivated to continue learning. Individualize instruction Tailor instruction to the individual needs and interests of each student. This can help students feel more engaged and invested in their… Read More »Keep Students Motivated & Engaged

Motivation is KEY

  Motivation is the driving force behind our actions. It pushes us towards our goals and desires. It’s the key that unlocks the doors to success! 🚀   When our sympathetic nervous system produces hormones of epinephrine and norepinephrine, they create energy for action. Take a moment to reflect on what sparks your child’s curiosity. What sets their imaginations on fire? By identifying their unique wants and needs, we can fuel their passion for learning and guide them towards a future filled with knowledge. 🔥🌈 Every child has unique special interests and inclinations. It could be the thrill of exploration,… Read More »Motivation is KEY

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Motivation is a vital component of student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain information, and perform better academically. In this blog post, we will explore the science of motivation as it relates to student engagement and learning. Motivation can be classified into two broad categories: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes from within the student. It is the desire to learn and achieve for its own sake. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment,… Read More »Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

How to Teach Young Children Coping Skills

Coping skills are the strategies and techniques individuals use to manage stress and difficult emotions. Teaching coping skills is an essential aspect of mental health education and can help individuals better navigate challenging situations. This article will explore some of the best teaching methods for coping skills and the research supporting their effectiveness.