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The Secret To Learning is Motivation

Learn the secret ways to motivate students.

Make it fun and they will come.

GIVE THEM PLENTY OF PEP AND GINIKER!

 

Has anyone ever stopped you from learning something you wanted to know?

 

Teaching / The Struggle:

What happened when you had to learn about something that you just didn't care about? Have you ever tried to teach someone when they don't care about the topic?

THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

 

Children Learn by Monkey See, Monkey Do. Chimps Don't.
Human Evolution How 3 and 4 year-olds learn. Hands and Speech
IMITATION IS THE FIRST IMPULSE SO WE CAN GET IN SYNCH.

If the leader is the flint than the first follower is the fire! the Giniker.

 

"The First Follower: Linchpin to Creative Leadership"
How do you entice people to join you?  How do you look cool?  How does everyone have fun?

Leadership Lessons and making a movement - watch it happen in under 3 minutes. Succinctly said, Leadership is Over Rated. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. I think we all secretly want to be the leader and control everything. However, there is a lot to be said about the fearless follower. That is authenticity. They are not following the crowd. They see something they like and jump in with both feet. The world needs more fearless followers.

and if you are in the music business then Howard Bloom explains the alpha and the beta sheep.

 

THE SECRET TO TEACHING

 

 

"Privileged Information" Passed from student to teacher, parent to child, or colleague to colleague, privileged information encodes knowledge derived from experience. There is a special, valuable communication that occurs between teacher and student, which goes beyond what can be found in any textbook or raw data stream.
Teaching Me Softly, Whisper Metaphors Into Their Ears. The teacher-student code has its roots in the sheer complexity of the real world. The complexity of the real world is, in some ways, irreducible. Privileged information relies on metaphor, creating an efficient description of a complex environment.
Still Still and Focus
People focus their attention like a spotlight in space. Objects in the same spotlight are linked together, or bound, in working (or short-term) memory. Smith found that children between 16 and 24 months of age could bind objects and names together in their working memory, but only if the objects were not moved around. Otherwise, the visual “noise” kept memories from forming. It turns out that, when your first grade teacher told you to sit down and pay attention, she was drawing on a deep understanding of how memories are formed. It is not something that is obvious, or something that a child would guess to be true. It was privileged information. The effectiveness of the first grade teacher’s instructions was obscured by the fact that the object of the instruction (to learn) had little to do with the content of the instruction (to sit). If a teacher knows what it’s like having a body, he, she, or it can pass these simple ideas to a student as privileged information.

 

Being an outsider is a good thing. The trick is Persistence.

 

Motivation is a Puzzle

 

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

 

Fact: Parents can help their children overcome poverty by reading to them every night.
Research done by US military schools has shown that THE #1 DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN'S SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS depends on parental involvement.

 

The Secret Motivation That Makes Students Read
Debates about improving student performance rarely take into consideration an important research about the perspective of students, that is, how much they value an education and whether they see education as a path to success. Children who are emotionally involved by having fun and enjoying the activity. Test subjects are able to remember twice as many emotional words and pictures as neutral ones.

Nature vs. Nurture
It isn't correct to frame the idea this way. Both of these are involved it isn't correct to pit them against each other. It doesn't matter what genes you are born with. Your environment shapes your potential.
Are genes destiny? Have adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine replaced Lachesis, Clotho and Atropos as the weavers of our fate? ~ LEON EISENBERG Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School A leader for over 40 years, spanning pharmacological trials, neurological and psychological theories of autism and social medicine - from research to teaching and social policy.

 

Creativity and Einstein's Brain

MOTIVATE STUDENTS - EVERYONE A GENIUS

At the time, the 1980s, most scientists still believed all the important work in the brain was done by neurons. And researchers had already learned from other samples of Einstein's brain that he didn't have a lot of extra neurons. But Diamond was fascinated by another type of brain cell, called a glial cell. Glia means glue. And the assumption back then was that glial cells were just glue holding a brain together. Diamond wanted to see if there were more of the glial cells known as astrocytes and oligodendrocytes in Einstein's brain. So she counted them and found that there were, especially in the tissue from an area involved in imagery and complex thinking.
Astrocytes could be involved in learning, memory and even genius. The neurotransmitter is glutamate, a chemical messenger often used by neurons. The chemical message is passing from one astrocyte to the next. They found abnormally high numbers of astrocytes in the parts of Einstein's brain involved in imagery and mathematical ability.

 

National Children's Folksong Repository K-12

 

 

SHOW PRAISE FOR THE UNKNOWN CULTURE MAKER.

#1 -- MUSIC IS LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE IS MUSIC

EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE RESEARCH DOCUMENTS
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY IN LEARNING

EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE RESEARCH DOCUMENTS
THE IMPORTANCE OF LAUGHTER IN LEARNING

REMEMBER YOU PLAY MUSIC YOU DON'T WORK IT.

EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE AND MUSIC

SPEECH AND SONG is an oral / aural tradition and is useful when there are stories to tell that may be as long as 2,500 verses. Songs are a simple rhyming mnemonic device which helps us even remember.

TEACH READING USING SONG (MNEMONICS - SPEECH AND MUSIC CONNECTION)

MUSIC AND READING CONNECTION We learn our first songs using rhyme to aid our memory. Songs help you memorize the information and since print was invented we've forgotten our roots of why we did it.

"Music helps lift reading off the paper - the words come alive to the kids,"

TEACH NURSERY RHYMES

KID'S DON'T KNOW THEM ANYMORE.

 

 

 

h Hey Diddle Diddle <> Diddle Diddle Dumpling <> Old King Cole <> Georgie Porgie

Cross-Curricular Thematic Instruction and explains What a Thematic Reading Curriculum is.

LEARN ABOUT THE FOLKSONG READING MODULE
POETRY, BALLADS, SONG AND PRINTERS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR LITERACY.

"Kids don't go around singing nursery rhymes," he said. "They are into popular music. First- and second-graders, they listen to the radio."

You can easily use song lyrics when you do lessons on poetry. You can have students read the lyrics, and discuss the literary elements that are used within the context of the song. One thing that is important when you do this lesson is to make sure that you provide a good example lyric to show students. Try to choose a song that conveys a particular message, or uses a particular image. You can also allow students to write song lyrics instead of longer poems as well. This will also allow your students to who are music people to show off their skills.
Poetry slams, for High School students are a fun, effective way to learn. They read their own personal poems, or they may sing their lyrics as well.

GOOD TIMES WITH MUSIC AND RHYTHM, Human Development and Family Studies, National Network for Child Care

 

Motivate Your Students With INTEGRATED UNITS

 

The Department announced 2014 President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients (map), honoring nearly three million students from over 31,000 schools across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense schools.  Each year, K-12 students are eligible to receive individual recognition from the President and Secretary for educational excellence (gold seal) and outstanding educational growth (silver seal).  The award includes a congratulatory letter and certificate.  The school principal is the final authority on which students receive awards and determines the number of qualifying students based on eligibility and selection requirements. There is no limit on awards, as long as students meet the criteria for awards.  (Note: In a new blog post, PEAP Director Frances Hopkins recaps her visit to a local elementary school to congratulate recipients.)

 

The Importance of Creativity in K-12 Education from the Educational CyberPlayGround

K12playground: Creativity is the least important, most important attribute and totally absent in the U.S. Federal Department of Education. ~ Karen Ellis

"Race and Class is a red herring and just the wrong frame through which to view the picture. It is only about shared values. IF you think education is important then you are motivated and nothing will stop you from getting educated. If you don't think learning to read is a priority or has high value then you don't learn."

The class divide is not just one of income, but one of attitude: America's poor fatalistically submit to authority, whereas America's middle classes teach their children how to negotiate and cajole (even on a simple visit to the doctor, a middle class mother will teach her six-year-old child to ask questions and to demand explanations). Poor children are can often be polite and obedient and well-behaved; they're too ready to accept their lot in life. Middle class children can be grasping, selfish, and demanding; they set their expectations high, and they confidently and aggressively push the boundaries around them in order to achieve their goals. Gladwell argues that more than genes or money or education, confidence determines success.

Fun is learning with laughter and play which helps avoid burn out. "Research shows that learning with laughter and play helps avoid burn out. Play is Art and the Bridge to Learning. Research shows the importance of laughter and play, to avoid teenage depression and burn out.

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