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CHS FACULTY NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2015

READ, REFLECT, AND RENEW

Looking for ideas to support your teaching? Check out these articles for trends and tricks from the education world to enhance your efforts in the classroom. Enjoy!

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

The four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

Who is Taylor Swift? Using Pop Culture for Deeper Learning

Why are educators still so squeamish about employing pop culture as a teaching framework? How can we use pop culture to help our students gain a deeper understanding of their studies and the world around them?

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Many students will avoid working hard in a class that they see as challenging because of the risk involved. If they work hard and fail, then they've proven their inadequacy. But if they don't work hard and manage to get a "D," then their pride remains intact and they haven't lost anything. That's the reason why, in my class, I make failing harder work than passing.

Feedback for Thinking: Working for the Answer

We run the risk of giving the wrong kind of feedback for students, and it's not because we are bad people. We love our students. We want them to be successful, and sometimes these desires can actually get in the way of a student truly learning.

Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day of Teaching

Ice crystallized on the windshield, then a tire burst on the way to school, making you late. By the time you arrived, the computer (with the video clip and presentation cued up) froze. Minutes later, Jason pulled the fire alarm while you tried to catch up on parent emails. During lunch duty, a student was punched in the nose. Your nose is stuffy while you explain to the principal right before an IEP meeting why your plans haven't been submitted yet. The day trudges along. . . At last, the final bell rings, and in your first quiet moment of the day, thoughts of leaving the teaching profession suddenly seem, well, right.