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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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7 Steps: A Resource Collection for Step #1

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This resource collection provides support, tools, strategies, and research for educators participating in the series of training events called "7 Steps: A Road Trip to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, Proven Practices." Participants explore PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments that have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level. For more information about this professional development, email Info@PODLS.com.

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7 Stupendous Back-to-School DAZE Resources

Printable by Donna Sawyer

It is back-to-school time for you, so hit the ground running with 7 power-packed online resources for EVERYTHING you need to get learning in gear. Grab this one-page quick reference for quick links to hilarious group games that break the ice, 101 things you can do the first three weeks of class, 8 ways to save money on classroom supplies, and TONS more! Crack open this PODL today!

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A PODLS Power Drive: Student Self Assessment

Printable by Donna Sawyer

A one-page student reproducible captures student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual of a road map. This infographic can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target, guide student self-monitoring and reflection, show progress over time, and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching strategies.

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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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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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LITERACY: 10 Free Technology Tools to Increase Fluency with Audio-Assisted Reading

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore 10 free Web sites that can be used for increasing reading fluency with audio-assisted technology tools. There is something for everyone from toddlers to teens, plus a practical list of classroom management tips and ideas. FLUENCY is far more than oral reading; it is the bridge that takes students from decoding words to comprehending them. In fact, reading fluency STRONGLY predicts performance on state tests - across grade levels and states! [Educational Research Newsletter] Research consistently demonstrates that reading along with audio accelerates the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. [From Fluency to Comprehension, by Teaching Practices That Work]

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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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North Carolina DATA SOURCES: A Quick Reference

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This collection of quick links places North Carolina data sources at your fingertips for ready access. Use the link collection on the web page or download a PDF with additional resources, such as a reproducible for triangulation of data and a chart for recording multiple measures of data. [Source: NCPublicSchools.org]

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Student Achievement Data Workspace

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this student achievement data worksheet as a starting point in gathering evidence of critical instructional needs. Achievement data is one of the four types of data needed to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the system and focus goals. A comprehensive assessment plan makes use of multiple sources of information, including achievement data, demographic data, program data, and perception data.

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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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Teaching Vocabulary for the Common Core: 5 Proven Steps

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Anyone can use the five research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant and meaningful to the lives of students. We know that so many factors outside of school have a big impact on student success, but "new research demonstrates that one factor in particular--academic vocabulary--is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school." (The Art and Science of Teaching: Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano)

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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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Technology Integration Made Easy: A One-Page Quick Reference

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The integration of technology into traditional classroom instruction presents an array of problems for teachers: lack of time to explore and learn, lack of access, lack of scaffolding and support, and inadequate professional development to name but a few. To make technology integration easier, you can download this one-page, three-step process embedded with hyperlinks to match Common Core learning targets and instructional strategies with powerful and useful technological tools. Methods for formative assessment are included. Get results fast with this power-packed technology integration quick reference.

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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.

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Wall-Size Data Team FOCUS Chart [36 x 48 inches]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This PDF is pre-formatted for printing a 36" x 48" larger-than-life data team FOCUS chart at STAPLES. An oversized chart makes learning visible as data teams pinpoint each learning destination, map the instructional path, apply high-yield strategies, align digital learning tools, and chart results from common assessments.