Team Talk

Week of May 2nd

Teacher Appreciation Week

It's your week! As an expression of appreciation for everything you do to support student success, you will enjoy special treats everyday this week. The week will begin with a little something for your sweet tooth. Stop by the office at lunch to pick-up your treat. The week will end with an nacho bar with deluxe trimmings. Tuesday-Thursday are a surprise.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

SLO Work Session

SLO post assessments should have been completed by April 30th. An SLO work session will be provided Friday, May 6th in Room 348 at 8:15 for team members requiring assistance.

AVID Certification Visit Update

The site visit was a success! Our students led the presentation and represented us with excellence. In preparation for our fall site visit, the State Director is slated to observe our school-wide processes this month.

To That end, it is essential that we ensure Cornell notes and notebooks are in use until the end of the school year.

What is Motivation and Why Does it Matter?

The remaining editions of Team Talk will examine what the research says about Motivation. This week's excerpt provides background on the purpose of the research. Next week, we will examine why it matters and how it is defined.

Almost anyone can give an anecdotal example of a family member or friend who is smart, possibly even scores highly on tests, but never cared to engage in school and never got good grades. Why would such an intelligent child lack the drive to excel? Or what explanation is there for two siblings raised in the same household—one of whom is extremely academically driven and the other of whom doesn’t seem to care about academics at all? These are complex questions with no easy answers. But fundamentally, they point to one important issue—students’ motivation to learn.

Education reform advocates have dedicated huge amounts of time and energy to improving public schools and raising student achievement. But with attention currently focused on factors like improving teacher quality, overhauling curriculum and standards, and developing new assessments, one major factor is being overshadowed: the motivation of the students themselves. Even with the best administrators, faculty, curriculum, and materials in place, if students are not motivated to learn and excel, achievement gains will be difficult, if not impossible. Higher motivation to learn has been linked not only to better academic performance, but to greater conceptual understanding, satisfaction with school, self-esteem, and social adjustment, and to lower dropout rates (Gottfried, 2009; Gottfried, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2009; Ryan & Deci, 2000). Not only is student motivation the final piece of the school improvement puzzle—without it, the rest of the puzzle falls apart.

Perhaps motivation is less discussed because it is such an amorphous and difficult subject. To even define motivation is challenging, let alone to measure it. To dig beneath the surface and really think about student motivation only brings up more questions. Are there “right” and “wrong” ways to motivate students to learn? Whose job is it to motivate students—and who is responsible when they are not motivated? Can a poorly planned student engagement program actually harm motivation?

Researchers from various fields, from psychology and sociology to economics and politics, have tried to find explanations for these same questions. Journalists, teachers, parents, and students have also sought out answers. But “motivation” can be defined in different ways, and its challenges can be addressed from different angles by scholarly journals, newspaper reports, research studies, and opinion pieces. While these sources sometimes disagree, the essential aim—to find out what practices can be employed to better motivate students to learn—is the same throughout the literature.

To understand more about policies and practices that can improve student motivation, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) reviewed research on motivation conducted by scholars in various disciplines, read studies of motivational programs, gathered news articles and blogs about motivational strategies, and used handbooks and other resources compiled by experts in the field. From this broad and complex array of information, we grouped what we learned into six general themes and developed this series of six papers, each focused on a different aspect of motivation. These papers highlight findings from research and lessons from programs around the country that we felt could be useful to policymakers, educators, and others interested in improving student motivation. These papers are not intended to be a comprehensive summary of research or lessons learned, but rather an opening of a conversation and an exploration of ideas that might spur further discussion of this critical topic.

This first paper in the series examines two fundamental issues that are necessary to understand before delving deeper into the research literature: why student motivation matters and how the concept of “motivation” has been defined.

© Center on Education Policy The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development 2012

Events On the Horizon

May 3 EOC Biology (Results Return June 3, 2016)

May 3 AP Spanish

May 4 EOC US History (Results Return June 3, 2016)

May 4 AP Lit and Comp

May 5 AP Calculus

May 5 EOC Algebra I (Results Return June 3, 2016)

May 6 AP US History

May 7 Intramural Soccer Game

Softball Game 10:00am

May 9 AP Biology

May 10 AP Government 9:15-12:00

May 11 AP Lang Composition 9:15-12:00

May 11 AP Macroeconomics 1:00-3:00

May 12 AP World History (Challenge)

May 14 Senior Class Prom

May 16 Senior Exams 1st-4th

May 17 Senior Exams 5th-8th

May 17 AVID Students Present at Wilmer-Hutchins E.S.

May 17 NHS Induction 6:30-7:30

May 18 Senior Exams Make-ups 1st-4th

May 19 Senior Class Picnic

May 19 A Night at the Museum 5:00-7:00

May 20 Senior Exams Make-ups 5th-8th

May 21 Parent Appreciation Breakfast 10:30 AMS New Tech

May 23-24 Senior Capstone Project Showcase

May 24 ReddyIce Intern Reception 5:30-7:00

May 25 JA Financial Park Field Trip for Seniors 9:00-1:00

May 25 Field Day

9:30-12:30 Field Day by Advisory (Students begin day in Advisory)

12:30-2:00 In and Out Burger

2:30-3:30 Staff/ Student Basketball Game

3:30-4:30 Ice Cream Social

May 26 Awards and Move Up Ceremony

9th Grade Awards 9:45-10:45

10th Grade Awards 11:10-12:10

11th Grade Awards 2:05-3:05

Move-up Ceremony 4:00-4:40

May 26 Senior's Last Day

May 26 Baccalaureate AMS New Tech Auditorium 7:00-8:00

May 27 ACP Exams (1st and 2nd) Full Day of School

May 28 New Tech vs Obama Basketball Rematch 11:30

May 30 Memorial Day No School

May 31 ACP Exams (5th and 6th) Full Day of School

June 1 ACP Exams (3rd and 4th) 1/2 Day of School

June 2 ACP Exams (7th and 8th) 1/2 Day of School

June 2 Graduation Rehearsal 12:30

June 3 Teacher Work day

June 6 Graduation Ellis Davis Field House 7:00PM-8:00PM

June 6-9 Early Start 9:00-1:00

DeVeaux's Schedule

Feeder Meeting

Monday, May 2nd, 9am-12pm

Barrack Obama


Thursday, May 5th, 8:15-8:45am

Room 348

SLO Work Session

Friday, May 6th, 8:15am to Saturday, May 7th, 9am

Room 348

Job Fair

Saturday, May 7th, 1-3pm