Showing posts with label Motivation Mondays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motivation Mondays. Show all posts

Monday, April 30, 2012

Science Motivation Mondays: The Gen Y Kid--Part 3

Students these days are so in tune with technology.  They use technology as much as they can in their own spare time, but have limited opportunities at school.  You can incorporate technology into science instruction to motivate these students.
The only technology I have in my classroom is computers, a projector, and an overhead (is that even technology??).  I know those of you with Smartboards LOVE them...one day, one day...here are some things I have done/want to do with technology to reach those techy kiddos!


~ Use a document camera to observe natural objects. 
~ Use Kidblog.org to set up Science Blogs.  Check out my How To Guide here.  
~ Make a science music video.  I filmed my classes rapping about rocks and edited it with Movie Maker...soooo fun!
~ Bring in robotics.  Some universities have programs they sponsor to enrich elementary classrooms.  
~ Have students email experts in the field or blog with them.
~ Use online activities like the ones on BBC Science K2 Bitesize.
~ Do projects that involve researching online or creating using Kidpix, Inspiration, Publisher, Power Point, Word, etc.
~ When students have questions you can't answer, have them look up information online.

~ Check the phases of the moon anda weather online.


IF I can ever get access to Smartboards, iPads, and all that other fun stuff, I will certainly add to this list!  :)


What have you done in your science classroom with technology?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Science Motivation Mondays: Part 2

My personal goal is to have every student engaged in what we are doing in science class.  For most students, this is natural.  However, there are other students that are more difficult to reach to have them totally consumed by what you are doing in class.  


Motivating the "I love every other subject, but I hate science!" Kid
This was me as a child.  It was like pulling teeth to get me to learn science... BORING!  These are often your star students, so they will often do what you ask simply because you asked them to, but they need motivation too!  You can integrate other subjects into science to motivate these students.



Ideas to motivate your Star Students that don't like science:
-use a variety of activities each week or day if possible
-learning stations
-show your enthusiasm for science (even if you have none!)
-create a children's book about the topic
-teach a short mini-lesson for younger students
-make a board game about the topic
-conduct research online to extend learning
-integrate social studies by connecting ideas (like natural resources and early settlers)
-cooperative learning (Duh!)
-peer tutoring (Have the student peer tutor a student who is struggling.  Both students will grow!)
-use picture books with scientific concepts that students will enjoy and learn from
-take it outside (involve the natural world in your lesson)
-computer activities (I will include more about this in my post on motivating the Gen-Y kid)


A lot of these ideas may seem obvious, but I think it's nice to have a go-to list of ideas to motivate your students!  What have you tried to do to motivate your "stars who don't like science"?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Science Motivation Mondays!



Isn't it always sometimes difficult to get motivated on Mondays?  Today, I'm starting a five part series of posts focusing on motivation in the science classroom that will come out every Monday for the next month.  How fun is that!?
A lot of students love science...it's full of mystery and excitement.  This first blog post will focus on the different types of students that may not be as motivated or excited when it comes to science. Of course every child is different, but figuring out what interests a student has can help you find ways to motivate them in science!


The "I love every other subject, but I hate science!" Kid
This was me as a child.  These are often your star students, so they will often do what you ask simply because you asked them to, but they need motivation too!  You can integrate other subjects into science to motivate these students.
The "I love art" Kid
I have so many artistically talented students this year that really enjoy the artistic aspects of assignments.  You can include the arts to help motivate these students.
The "Gen Y" Kid
Students these days are so in tune with technology.  They use technology as much as they can in their own spare time, but have limited opportunities at school.  You can incorporate technology into science instruction to motivate these students.
The "Perpetually Bored" Kid
The "perpetually bored" student doesn't really seem to be engaged in any assignment you give.  They may participate, but they don't like it.  They may choose not to participate at all.  You may here muffled noises coming from their direction when you are explaining a project the rest of the class is excited about.  Honestly, I'm STILL trying to figure out what will motivate students who don't like school, so I'll be looking for a lot of input from my teacher bloggers!


I'm hoping that we can all share what we do to motivate these students as I write about motivating students with particular interests and describe successful strategies I have tried.  I'm hoping we can all share some great ideas that will motivate students with particular interests to succeed!


To start off Motivation Mondays, does anyone have any strategies that have worked to motivate students, particularly in science?  I would love to compile a list of ideas and strategies for us all to use!


<3,
The Science Penguin
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