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I’m thinking about college readiness for our students.  The big question I’m asking myself is what does it mean for our students to be college ready?  I’m turning to big thinkers.  David Conley and the ACT website have loads of info on this topic.  It’s leading me down an interesting road.  

This thinking is taking place thanks to Caribou coffee!  Image


A student who is ready for college and career who can qualify for and succeed in beyond entry-level, credit bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or certificate, or career pathway-oriented training programs without the need for remedial or developmental coursework.

from David T. Conley, Ph.D. From A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness.  2012 

What are the limitations around motivating the unmotivated student?  Where does the role of educator end and the role of personal responsibility pick-up?  For high schools we are always working with students to get them to take more and more control of their own lives.  That’s part of our jobs.  The unmotivated student isn’t a static label.  It isn’t the same kid each day, and each day a student is unmotivated it can be unrelated (temporally) to the reason the week before. But ‘un’motivation is sticky.  It’s persistent.  What are some solutions?  What can be done to help these students take control of their education, learn the important lessons, and move forward as life-long learners and engaged community members?  Lots of questions today.  Eager to learn more.  Ed

Six Reasons Why Students Are Unmotivated (and What Teachers Can Do)

A truly interesting and thorough article.  It’s written from the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.  Just glancing over the headers I can tell that this will be a good source.  I really need some depth of ideas that the last few links haven’t really provided.  

Motivating Unmotivated Students

Article from ASCDExpress.  Similar recommendations as the previous article.  I’m noticing student choice and rigor repeated in each article.  Might be good points to focus in on.

Dr. Ken Shore’s Classroom Problem Solver Lack of Motivation

Another interesting article.

Why Preschool Can Save the World

From NPR’s Planet Money Podcast.  Full gratitude and credits to Planet Money.  Here is how they describe the episode:

On today’s show, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize-winning economistwho says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment.

We’ll have more on preschool this weekend on This American Life.

For more: Tulsa’s Educare Center in the Tulsa; Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed; TheCarolina Abededarian Project; and “A new cost-benefit and rate of return analysis for the Perry Preschool Program: A Summary.”

Download the Planet Money iPhone App. Music: Cold War Kids’ “Sensitive Kid.” Find us:TwitterFacebookSpotifyTumblrNote: Part of today’s show aired in a podcast last year.

So I’m getting into a little study on motivation.  It’s been forever since I’ve posted (shame on me) but I’ve been swamped.  I’m currently inspired by a few things that I’ve been thinking about recently.  So here goes a short series on motivation.  EdImage

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.