motivation

Smart Sharing: Posting Student Media for Motivation and Marketing

In my very small hometown, our local newspaper celebrated student achievements, even small ones, by publishing lots and lots of photos. Nice older folks in my community would clip those photos and articles and mail them to the students with congratulatory notes. These days, we do the same thing with social media and “likes.” This …

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Motivating Students With Badges

This year, I’ll be awarding digital badges to students to celebrate and  document their achievements. I’m using ForAll Rubrics, a website that allows teachers to create rubrics, checklists, and badges. They also have a mobile app called ForAllBadges that will run on your ipad, smartphone, chromebook, or tablet. Digital badges are little graphic images that …

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Countdown to Piano Boot Camp: Special Ops!

Are you looking for something a little different to do with your piano students this summer? Are many of your students 10 years or older, and therefore, not as interested in the types of summer camp games and activities that excited them in previous years?  I hope you’ll check out Piano Boot Camp:  Special Ops!  …

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