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Are We Intrinsically Extrinsic? Let’s Explore Student Motivation

[fa icon="calendar'] November 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM / by Admin posted in Extrinsic Motivation, Student Motivation, Intrinsic Motivation

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Can digital tools in the classroom increase intrinsic motivation in students, or do they simply serve as an extrinsic motivator to learn about the “boring subjects?” Does the gamification movement and the overabundance of new learning tools actually pose a threat to students’ natural interest in learning?

Kendra Cherry does a great job laying out the debate between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation -- that is, being motivated by internal or external factors -- in her article, “Differences Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation.”

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STEM Was a Start, But a New “A” Can Get Us to the Heart of Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] November 3, 2016 at 9:09 PM / by Admin posted in STEM, Ed-Tech

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Have you noticed the new “A” that’s been sneaking into conversations about STEM education? In the eyes of many educators, STEM is old news. STEAM is in.

What is STEAM? Why the change? And what does this mean in actual classrooms? To answer these questions, let’s first take a quick step back to look at why STEM education became so prevalent in the first place.

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Recent Research Studies May Turn Early Math Education on its Ear

[fa icon="calendar'] October 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM / by Admin posted in STEM, Elementary Math, Early Math, Math Ability, Math Education

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have made a discovery that may seriously shape how educators approach early math. In a study published in Cognition, psychology professor Daniel Hyde tested a group of first graders’ basic intuitions about numbers.

The results of his study indicated kids who were routinely exposed to groups of items of different quantities and asked to use approximation to predict which group was bigger or smaller performed significantly better on a math test administered shortly afterwards than children who did not participate in an approximation exercise.

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Game-Based Learning: Time to Bring Your Class Into the 21st Century

[fa icon="calendar'] October 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Educational Games, Video Games, Game-Based Learning

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Dinosaurs! Look out! They’re blocking your path. There’s only one thing to do - pull back on your slingshot and aim carefully…

Does this sound like any math class you’ve been part of? Does this even sound like math?

You load the slingshot with a piece of fruit and look closely at the dinosaurs. You know each dinosaur only likes fruit with certain attributes. If you can feed them the fruit they like, maybe you can get past them.

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What is Formative Assessment & How Can It Help Your Math Class?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 14, 2016 at 12:14 PM / by Admin posted in Elementary Math, Formative Assessment, Growth Mindset

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A very wise man, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

OK, maybe Yogi’s quotes weren’t always genius, but this one actually makes sense. In education, we know where we want students to end up, but the way there is not always clear. Assessment is a crucial element of determining that path.

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Math Learning Difficulties: How to Keep Your Children on Track

[fa icon="calendar'] October 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM / by Conrad Nickels

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All parents have to do is look at the poor performance on standardized tests in the early grades to see that mathematics difficulties are widespread in modern classrooms.

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What is Spatial Reasoning & How Can it Improve Students' Math Ability?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 29, 2016 at 2:25 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Spatial Reasoning, Math Ability

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Spatial reasoning is one of three core cognitive skills people need for success in work and learning. Spatial reasoning is like the often-overlooked middle child sandwiched between two more outgoing siblings: verbal skills and numeracy.  But a growing consensus among researchers suggests this attitude is both wrong-headed and counterproductive.

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