Five Tips that Helped Improve My Child’s Behavior

This guest post was written by Chrissy Kelly, a mom of two boys with autism. You can read more about her and her family on her blog, “Life With Greyson + Parker,” and also her Facebook page.

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This article is a bit of a departure from our normal motivational reads, as it is a piece posted by a mom that has two children with Autism.  But as I read through it, the tips seemed quite straight forward and sound.  For example, the first tip is to give a warning (number of minutes depends on your particular child and situation) before transitioning to a new activity.  The other tips are equally helpful as well.

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom

Do you use Twitter in your classroom as part of your lesson plans? If not, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
David W. Deeds’s insight:
Possible even behind The Great Firewall!

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One of the best ways to motivate children is to speak their language.  Kids, in fact all of us, relate better to things that are familiar.


While many of us think of Twitter as a way to receive news alters or to hear from celebrities, used correctly, it can actually be a very effective way to communicate with a class of students.


Here are fifteen innovative ideas that you might want to consider for your classroom.

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | Edudemic

Check out what skill we think makes a modern teacher, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

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While academic institutions and higher-ed have been slower to change than have other industries, technology has increasingly been making inroads.  These changes are not only impacting kids, but also teachers.


If you are an educator, this article may provide insights into some of the tools and technologies that can help you stay in touch with your students.  The article also provides insight into non-technological ideas for teachers in the modern world.

Summer Literacy: 7 Fun, Free, Easy & Semi-Hidden Ways to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer…Don’t Put Reading on Summer Break, Too!

…growing readers one best practice at a time!

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Reading helps all of us in countless ways, from expanding our knowledge to broadening our creativity. Best of all, reading is not simply a one-time activity, but rather one that can be enjoyed for life.


Teaching our kids to read early is important, but making it habitual and something they crave is a game-changer.  Encouraging your kids to read need not be difficult.


I would encourage you to take a look at this piece from Jen Jones in “Hello Literacy” for yourself. Inside you will find 7 ways to improve your child’s literacy, and at the same time, grow their love of reading.

Talking About Failure: What Parents Can Do to Motivate Kids in School

When children view their abilities as something they can change over time, they’re more apt to deal well with challenges, researchers say. And what parents say

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I am a firm believer that setting realistic expectations at home, at work and in life represents one of the most important contributors to one’s happiness. Someone who sets their sights on being president or creating the next Facebook runs a high risk of falling short in their goal and feeling a sense of failure when it doesn’t come to fruition. That’s not to suggest that we shouldn’t set “stretch” goals – these can be very helpful and what drive innovation. But we must be careful to set expectations appropriately, especially with our kids.


How we as role models react to failure can have a significant influence on a child’s perception of themselves and their future growth. Read on to learn more about the importance of communication and the impact it might have in motivating your child.

10 Inspirational Quotes From Women Business Leaders

From Sheryl Sandberg to Barbara Corcoran, here are 10 quotes from women who offer wisdom for the ages.

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Men, women and children will all be inspired by the wonderful quotes found in this article.


Visionaries from Mary Kay Ash (Mary Kay Cosmetics) to Eileen Fisher (fashion designer) have contributed quotes that are sure to be memorable for years to come.


My personal favorite quote comes from Melinda Gates…

How Teachers Are Using ‘Hamilton’ the Musical in the Classroom

Hamilton the musical is igniting kids’ interest in history and teachers are finding a way to deliver its lessons to students.

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We use many methods to motivate students and children, some more conventional than others. See how teachers across the country have used “Hamilton” the Musical to teach history and to inspire students in a fun and entertaining way.  It’s hard to know for sure, but my bet is that Hamilton would have been thrilled to know how truly inspiration he became.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

By disrupting sleep, suppressing the brain’s frontal lobe, raising stress hormones, and fracturing attention, daily screen-time is making children become the worst version of themselves.

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We have again decided to veer from the strict definition of “motivating children” to a subject that we thought would be of interest to our readership and is clearly related, even if in an indirect way.


Have you ever wondered what impact excessive screentime might be having on your children or students? According to Victoria Dunckley, excessive screentime can disrupt sleep, induce stress, and  desensitize the brain’s reward system.


Of course, all of the above factors can wreak havoc on a child’s motivation.

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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We put a great deal of emphasis on the answers our children (and adults for that matter) give to questions they are asked.  Think about homework, in-class assignments and exams.  These are all typically one-directional – teachers asking students for answers.


This author argues that our focus may be better placed by encouraging students to ask better questions in the first place. Some of us still remember the stress associated with raising our hands in class, despite the many years that might have passed.


This article explores the benefits to asking questions and offers 5 ways to encourage your students to raise their hands without negative consequences.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really in line with research.

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We have an obligation to motivate our students.  Sometime this seems like an impossible task, after all, some kids are unreachable, right?


Not true.  While there are no silver bullets, there are proven techniques that will help you motivate kids that you thought were impossible to reach.


This article found in Cult of Pedagogy explores five important questions to help guide you through what otherwise might feel like an impossible journey.