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6 Keys to Unlock Student Motivation

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If ever there has been a silver bullet for breathing life into your delivery of your curriculum, it can be found in these SIX CRITICAL CONDITIONS. Why? These conditions zero in on some of the biggest problems teachers and students face every day: lack of motivation, apathy, and a student's inability to persist with complex tasks. What are the six conditions and how can we apply them to increase achievement in the classroom? Join us to explore the six elements and to access an online gold mine of technology-rich strategies that can quickly improve a teacher's capacity to reach unmotivated and disengaged students. Spend a HALF-DAY (demo & discussion) or a WHOLE DAY (demo, discussion, & hands-on technology) mastering six powerhouse strategies and walk away with a wealth of free online resources to make it happen in your classroom. Email Info@PODLS.com. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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7 Steps to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, PROVEN Practices

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level? Explore practical applications and walk away with a massive collection of data-driven uses for digital content. Workshop participants receive a CODE to download an interactive handout packed with links to free online resources for every step. Email Info@PODLS.com if you have any questions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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ANT Eater

Printable by Donna Sawyer

ANTs, or Automatic Negative Thoughts, can invade your brain and cause you to believe things that aren't true about yourself. Discover which species of ANTS you have and learn how to get rid of them.

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Bullying: The ONLY Answer to the Problem

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Is peer aggression improving in our schools? NO. "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but actually make the problem worse." (Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Developmental Psychologist) What are we missing? What can we do? This 26-page resource explains why traditional approaches do not work and outlines a two-pronged approach that educators can use to get REAL results. It also includes free online multimedia resources, eBooks, and legal information, along with a bonus collection of online safety sites featuring simulations, games, strategies, video galleries, and some very cool tools. [NOTE: Workshop Participants receive a free download code as part of the training.]

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DreamBuilder

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Three steps and a reproducible Dream Sheet can help students turn small goals into big dreams. As John Goddard says, "If you really know what you want out of life, it's amazing how opportunities will come to enable you to carry them out."

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Fear in School

Audio by Quote by John Holt | Narration by Louise Gomedella

Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)

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Happy PODlers

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

See what a few Happy PODlers have said about our professional development seminars, PODLS: Portable On-Demain Learning Strategies, and The PODL Profile Tools: A Portable On-Demand Learning Profile for generating personalized reports of learner preferences and personality traits.

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High-Voltage Vocabulary for Students

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Students, lose that long list of copied definitions and use this proven approach to OVERPOWER words that trip your circuits. Take each word through these five steps of fun with technology tools. By the time you finish Step 5 you should have the word stored in long-term memory. It is no surprise that the way to score well on the Verbal SAT is to have a large vocabulary, but do you know there is a positive connection between the size of your vocabulary and your future money-making potential? If you don't build your vocabulary, who will?

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I Can't Burial

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Conduct this "I Can't" Burial to help students eliminate negative thinking. The reproducibles are ideal for activities leading up to Halloween. (Exercise caution, however, as some students may have experienced a recent death in the family.)

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Learning Resources for The PODL Profile

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Access a growing collection of evidence-based strategies, Common Core activities, student reproducibles, trading cards, mini posters, research, and more, for "The PODL Profile."

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Motivation Key #1: Ten Powerful Behavior Management Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore this rich collection of resources for immediate support in identifying and adapting effective relationship-building disciplinary practices. In this list you will find a free online database with step-by-step instructions for handling over 120 misbehaviors, powerful responses to problem behaviors, instructional design strategies to boost student engagement, and MORE. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments for successful behavior management. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #2: Amazing Online Tools for Global Awareness and Building Community

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Group brainstorming tools, social voting sites, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, and geo-located interactive timelines with a social twist can turn community building and global awareness into an adventure! Dive into this pool of free online tools to help students "prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively." [K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards, Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration] NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #3: A BONANZA of Tools to Create, Produce, and Publish

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard with this massive list of tools for students to produce and publish writing, brainstorm and organize ideas, and gather relevant information from multiple sources. ---->NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #4: Boost Critical Thinking with Digital Learning Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Dip into this list of digital learning resources for concept-based activities, exit slip templates, posters, 5-minute formative assessment strategies, ideas to boost critical thinking, and loads of problem-solving opportunities. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #5: Five Power Tools to Promote Self Regulation

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Leadership experts often say that the toughest person to control is ourselves. How true! Put these 5 POWER TOOLS to the test and learn strategies to self monitor and self regulate, practice mnemonic devices, download a poster for tracking progress, master tips for drowning out distractions, and while you're there, check out High-Voltage Vocabulary - a proven 5-step approach to learn academic vocabulary. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #6: Future-Ready or Not, Here Comes Life!

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

If you are between the ages of eleven and twenty, take note. What you do with your abilities during this time can have a lasting impact on your future success as an adult. How so? Dramatic changes are taking place in your brain. Find out what is going on in there. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Myelin Miracle Grow: Your Brain is a Muscle That Can Be Made Stronger

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a muscle that can be made stronger. It continues developing into your mid-twenties, and it has enormous plasticity, or the ability to change. It is too bad so many people believe they are "stuck" with being only so smart. Your intelligence is NOT set in stone. You can do several things to boost brain power and improve your learning potential. Let's start with a few simple changes you can make today.

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Seriously Amazing Online Content to Grab Students' Attention

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Use this collection of seriously amazing online content to make students THIRSTY to learn more so that you can set the hook and reel them in to the lesson! Tap into the "out of the ordinary" to stimulate curiosity, focus attention, and set the stage for learning.

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Supporting Research

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

The Search for Answers: Under what conditions do we choose to meet a learning goal? What motivates us to put forth the energy to perform academic tasks? How do we learn best? In other words, what POWERS engagement in the deepest of learning activities?

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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain

Interactive by Content: Donna Sawyer, Artist: Judy Monroe

What if you could hear your students' brains talk? What would they say? Find out with Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain. Simply roll over a thought balloon to learn powerful strategies from the field of brain research.

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Use Table Totem Poles for Multiple Exposures to Details

Printable by Donna Sawyer

According to the research by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works, students should have systematic, multiple exposures to details at a deep enough level to understand and recall them. Students must be exposed to details at least three or four times within a two-day span before anyone can legitimately expect them to remember those details or use them in any meaningful way. Use Table Totem Poles to scaffold this process through small group work that sparks loads of laughter and learning.