Happy Saturday! Just a quick post to link up with the fabulous Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching! :)
She is hosting a party to link up about Student Motivation.
Student Motivation in one word: TECHNOLOGY!
I teach 3 different ELA classes of varied ability levels. TECHNOLOGY is the one tool that motivates ALL kids on ALL performance levels.
I'll offer two pieces of evidence to prove this fact. :)
Evidence #1 One of my students in particular struggles a great deal and is very dependent on the resource teacher or me for most assignments. However, he has gained a tremendous amount of confidence while researching on an iPod. This past week, he politely put his hand in the air as we offered to help and he stated, "I got this!" With joy, we walked away to let him fly...and he did! A very proud moment for all of us!
Evidence #2 My students have gotten a bit lazy about getting papers signed, etc. This past week, I sent home a permission form to allow my students to set up EDMODO accounts for a SUMMER BOOK CLUB! That was one paper that few kids forgot! They were thrilled and had a ball making their first posts! This made my day for several reasons. I love the implications of this for their reading, as well as for constructive use of technology for them this summer. I'm really loving EDMODO right now!
Students are motivated and driven by TECHNOLOGY. If we harness that drive and use it to push our students, imagine how far they can go!
Have a great weekend! I'm in between State Tournament tennis matches today! I won my first this morning and I'm heading out for #2! Wish me luck!