The motivation paper is due Friday. It should be from 4-6 pages, double space, 12 font times-new roman. Y ou don’t need to include a Reference page nor do you need to include citations in the text. Use information from the text (chapter 10), lectures, classroom discussions and “delicious.” The delicious tag is “motivation” and you should find all the on-line information you need there.

Topic— What should a teacher know about motivation?

You should include two sections: 1) Discuss the various theories about motivation (Behavioral-Skinner, Bandura; Constructivist-Piaget, Adkinson (Achievement), Weiner (Attributrion), Wigfield (Expectency), Mazlow (needs) 2) Discuss your plan/strategies for motivating students once you have your own classroom.



Write a short (3-5 page) reflection on Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences. Be sure to include the following:

1) Your reflection on the results of the various Learning Style Inventories you took. What were the results? Were there common themes that emerged from all the inventories? Did the results confirm what you know about your own styles or did they contradict what you know?

2) How might an understanding of Learning Styles impact you as a teacher? What are the implications for the various ways students communicate?

3) What do you think your strengths are in terms of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences? Weaknesses?

4) How might an understanding of Multiple Intelligences impact you as a teacher? How might you alter your instruction based upon the communication and interactive preferences of your students?

Due: Friday, May 15th (this paper could be used as a portfolio artifact for standard 2)

Here is the powerpoint on Intelligence.

A number of people have e-mailed asking for a bit more direction on how to connect articles that are on different topics. This is a good question. On one level, of course, they all relate because they are all about the brain and cognition.  But, specifically, you need to explain to the reader why the topic/topics you chose relate.

For example, you might choose the article about “anorexia,” the one about the importance of sleep and the one about how the brain responds to mistakes. You would explain what you feel ties them together. For example, you might say,

A middle school teacher needs to teach more than the content of her subject. It is important that the teacher understands some of the issues that enhance or impede student learning. Many adolescent girls are concerned about their weight and some become anorexic. Girls suffering from anorexia will have trouble focusing and learning in the classroom. Current brain research suggests that……..

[later in the paper] Another issue that is important for a teacher of adolescents to understand is how sleep impacts learning……

[later still introduce how the brain deals with mistakes as your final topic]

In other words, do what good writers always do, help the reader see connections between and among your topics through topic statements, transitions, examples, summations, etc.

Here is your assignment for this week. By Wednesday, read your article and write a common comment with your partner(s). Your (lengthy) comment should include:

  1. The main thesis or argument of the article.
  2. A description of any research the article discusses
  3. Interesting facts or insights you gained from the article.

By Friday, you should have read at least two other articles, the comments on those articles and made your own comments to those two articles.Here are the links to the articles

Reading 1  (Jody Z., Tony B., Craig M)


Reading 2 (Alex C., Damian M., Sarah H.)


Reading 3 (Kari K., Laura B., Jeff Y.)


Reading 4 (McKel B., Jenna V.)


Reading 5 (Jake H., Aurora T.)


Reading 6 (Megan T., Naomi Z.)


Reading 7 (Danny H., Jordan S.)


Reading 8 ( Brad S., Kristen H.)


Reading 9 ( Brynna S., Susan G.)


Reading 10 (Luke F. Baille S.)


Reading 11 ( Yordanos R., Rose O.)


Reading12 (Liz D., Jamie D., Rocky H.)


Reading 13 (Kris C., Dawn M.)