motivation

This week, I wanted to take a different approach. Using the same time that I reserve to write a post, I took the time to visualize one:  Why I Continue To Teach - Untitled Page.png  Source photo: Title and other information from caption card. LOT 0216 (Location of corresponding print.)Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division....
#ThisCountsAsResearch?#DesignThinking#Education#ProblemSolvingLikeNoOnesBusiness#DoingWhatWeCameToDo#MakingTheWorldABetterPlace The Education DesignShop at MIT: Apply to participate before tomorrow, April 16th!  We're bringing together all key stakeholders in education (that means you! whether a student, faculty, staff, or non-affiliates to MIT), teaching them design thinking, and then...
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills? Based on interviews with and observations of youth media producers in the Philadelphia area, this resource explores what motivates these youth to...
Turned off, checked out, and disengaged are ways Ralph Fletcher has described Boy Writers in his book Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices.  Teachers are more than likely shaking their heads in agreement. Being a 7th/8th grade Language Arts Teacher, I have struggled with motivating boys who have the capacity to be brilliant writers. Three years ago I infused a multi-genre project into my...
A student, Ernest, recounts his experiences with the Williamston Digital Broadcasting Project and Mass Media class. Ernest describes how active involvement and visibility have impacted him as a student and how he sees school. In the process, Ernest realizes that through practical application, writing has become an important tool for him.
Background= wooden frame covered with the cheapest white sheets you can find. Overhead Projector Cart= turned into a studio quickly and easily by simply setting an iMac on it and mounting a lighting rig to it. Clamp Lights= with a simple cover of wax paper (the kind you use in the kitchen) harsh light is made soft. Super Cool Coats= a quick trip to the local thrift store and we have uniforms...
In my personal opinion, there is nothing better than a Mac when it comes to working with video. But Apple products were hard to come by in our PC-dominated district. Once the principal was onboard with the idea of the project, he called in the district technology director to help work out some of the logistics. Being in a small county suddenly played to my advantage, and I was asked questions...
Like so many projects I start with my students, this one began with my own desire to play with and explore digital video production. As a result, the Williamston Digital Broadcasting Project was launched.  Announcements at Williamston High School Old Way New Way Gathered and typed by vice principal Gathered and typed by students Read by SGA volunteer participants Read by Mass Media...
After my first year at Williamston High School, I was labeled as one of the writing teachers within the English department. I was given some degree of freedom with how I wanted to explore and develop new ways of teaching writing. There were two significant struggles I constantly faced with what seemed to be little reward: motivation and voice. All too often, my students shot strange looks my way...
A student, Harris, talks about her experience as part of the Williamston Digital Broadcasting Project. Harris explores topics of audience awareness, feedback, creating voice, and the recursive nature of the production process.

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