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

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 to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Equip learners with tools for promoting a sense of POWER and POTENCY [Key #5]  to self-regulate and to understand they can make CHOICES and take control of their own learning and success.

  1. Myelin Miracle Grow:  Learn how to fire a circuit in your brain and cause special cells called Oligodendrocytes to reach out and wrap the nerve with a layer of fat called MYELIN.  As this layer thickens, the nerve carries MORE electricity FASTER, causing your neural pathways become more efficient and transmit information at faster speeds. 
  2. Learning cannot happen without feedback along the way, and that means you need a clear PICTURE of the progress that you are or are not making.  A one-page student reproducible [created in] 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. 
  3. The Memory POWER Switch:  Your brain is a powerful learning tool, but it requires some effort to hang on to information in short-term memory, and then a bit more effort to move it into long-term memory.  Power up your memory by learning sixteen strategies and mnemonic devices.
  4. Leadership experts often say that the toughest person to control is ourselves.  True, isn’t it? Like it or not, technology gadgets can be a huge distraction when you are trying to study.  The constant "noise" of incoming texts and notifications hinder the deepest form of engagement your brain needs in order to learn complicated material.  Chronic multitasking can literally rewire our brains in ways that make higher-order thinking, impulse control, and focus difficult.
    Self-REGULATION is more important today than ever before.  YOU need to CONTROL the technology.  Do NOT let it control you.  This video explains how constant distractions hinder memory consolidation and keep us from learning and remembering:  What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.   [Research:  Note the subheading Self-Regulation on pages 3-4 of this pdf:  Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice by Eric Toshalis and Michael Nakkula.]
  5. For classwork or homework, students can use High-Voltage Vocabulary to master ANY list of words and have loads of fun while doing it.  Also, check out the teacher version of High-Voltage Vocabulary for links to 55 Words That Make or Break Student Understanding, Ms. Sprenger's list of CRITICAL Verbs and CRITICAL Nouns, and the NEW research on teaching vocabulary.  Also, don't miss this 3-Step FLIPPED LEARNING version of High-Voltage Vocabulary!
  • Mindset Works Rubric to Assess the EFFORT a Learner Applies
  • Tons of PRACTICAL STRATEGIES to Help Students Focus
  • Sample Questions You Can Use to Test Students' Mindsets  [Carol Dweck]
  • Multiple Exposures in Multiple Ways  [Table Totem Poles]
  • The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle
  • How a "Tech Break" can help students refocus in class.
  • A chart listing examples of Ineffective PRAISE vs. Effective PRAISE.
  • Formative Assessment: This student reproducible and teacher quick reference capture student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual. It can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching and learning when students are stranded beside the road with a flat tire.
  • Your Brain and Sleep:  • "Sleep disorders can impair children's IQ as much as lead exposure."   - Dr. Paul Suratt, University of Virginia
  • Students can create spreadsheets to document quality and amount of sleep using this SLOG [sleep log] as a model.  
  • The iPhone app and bio alarm clock, Sleep Cycle, uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your every movement and analyze your sleep patterns, and then wakes you during the lightest sleep phase.
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of the many free tools that can help you get organized, stay focused and be productive.  For starters . . .
  • InfuseLearning:  Quickly poll a group of people on ANY device.  [Talk about immediate feedback.]
  • Web Whiteboard:  Create a collaborative online white board with ONE CLICK!
  • Do students see themselves as "knowledge workers" and view the teacher as an "academic coach?"  Academic coaches may ask questions and make statements similar to these.
    • "What do you hope to accomplish in this class?"
    • "What will you need to do in order to accomplish this?"
    • "This is how you can track your progress. We can get together on a regular basis and discuss your progress. Would you rather . . . ?"
    • "How can I help you?"
    • "How did you get that answer?"
    • "You have a good understanding of . . . Would you teach that to . . . ?"



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