Motivating the Remote Learner (confession at the end!)

Date: August 15th, 2020

During this time of virtual learning, one of the biggest behavior problems we face is HOW to MOTIVATE our students! Here are my thoughts and some research, too. [Zimmerman, B. J. (2002). Becoming a self-regulated learner: An overview. Theory Into Practice, 41(2), 64-70.]

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Sugar-Coated Control?

Date: June 3rd, 2020

Are rewards backfiring on you? (Thanks to Rheta DeVries for “sugar-coated control.”)

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When Rewards Do and Don’t Work

Date: January 29th, 2020

Do rewards always have to be something tangible?

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Too Much Praise and Reward Will Backfire

Date: December 21st, 2019

Praise is not a bad thing, but it matters how and when you use it.

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If a Kid Misbehaves to Get Attention Because That’s All They Know…

Date: November 16th, 2019

When a kid misbehaves in order to get attention, do you withhold attention?

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I Don’t Like to Use Screen Time as a Reward

Date: July 24th, 2019

Are we feeding into our young students’ lack of social skills by using screen time as a reward?

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Neither Praise Nor Punishment Work for All Kids

Date: January 6th, 2019

Neither praise nor punishment will work for the child who doesn’t know what you want.

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Attention-Seeking Misbehavior and My Unusual Response

Date: October 20th, 2018

I get a lot of argument about this, but here’s what I do when a kid uses misbehavior to get attention.

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Over-accommodating is a Serious Mistake!

Date: September 12th, 2018

Do we hinder a kid when we over-accommodate? We mean well, but sometimes do we go too far?

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Don’t Blow it with Rewards

Date: June 20th, 2018

Rewards can be meaningful or meaningless. It’s up to you.

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