Tag Archives: Participation

The 5 Features of a Motivated Classroom

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The following is adapted from Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In, by Ilana Seidel Horn

In her new book, Motivated, author Ilana Seidel Horn outlines the features of a motivational classroom. Based on her research, Horn has found that a motivational classroom attends to the following five features:

  • students’ sense of belongingness
  • the meaningfulness of learning
  • students’ competence
  • structures for accountability
  • students’ autonomy.

Teachers can foster all of these through deliberate instructional design as they tinker to motivate their students. Here's where to start:

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of October 18–24

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Time for a link round-up! Stop whatever it is that you're doing and click these links. What are you doing? Another circle time? Are you interrupting a moment of authentic engagement to comment on how engaged everyone is? Stop that. Let it unfold. Click these links instead.

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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