How to Motivate Students Through Choice

Discovering just how to motivate students is a tricky yet necessary challenge for most teachers. Many of today’s educators are learning how to motivate students through giving them a choice.

But some teachers will struggle with how to motivate students by giving them choices. Therefore, today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a veteran educator based on the East Coast, enlightens us on ways that teachers can give their students choices in the classroom.

Janelle’s ideas include:

Giving students control
Giving students purpose
And more!

She also backs up her ideas with a healthy dose of research.

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “The evidence to support student choice goes on and on. In short, choices that promote student control, and that give students a sense purpose and competence, are more likely to be motivating to them. While teachers have the option to draw from a multitude of teaching strategies to help cultivate more student interest and motivation, student choice seems to have a powerful impact on student motivation. However, giving students a “Choice” means that teachers have to learn to give up some control. But, this may ultimately lead to a successful lesson where students are engaged and more motivated to learn.”

Do you use student choice in your classroom? What kinds of choices do you offer your students? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic.

4th of July Jokes, Fun Facts & Classroom Games

To set off a little holiday fireworks of our own, today in we introduced some 4th of July jokes, fun facts, and classroom games for all ages!

Here’s a sample:

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?
Yankee Poodle

Make Room for the Hot Dogs!
More than 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the July 4. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.

Share you favorite Independence Day jokes, fun facts, games or anything enjoyable for the season!