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How Can I DRIVE My Students?

In Daniel H. Pinks book, “DRIVE,” Pink shows us that much of what we know about motivation is actually wrong. Pink addresses that tasks are either algorithmic or heuristic, and that the carrot and stick approach. All of this to … Continue reading

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Student Driver

How can we foster intrinsic motivation in our science classroom? Ways to instill autonomy within my future students: Instead of doing a traditional test on a unit that is super critical students gain knowledge in, I could have them do … Continue reading

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A Note to the Teacher: Atomic Habits in Science Education

It is essential that we build atomic habits in the classroom – especially in science education. James Clear sets this tone in his New York Times best-seller, Atomic Habits. What are Atomic Habits? Atomic habits are tiny changes in behavior … Continue reading

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Classroom Changes: Application of Atomic Habits in the Science Classroom

“…the process of building habits is actually the process of becoming yourself.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits I don’t think anyone will argue with me that they changed (physically and mentally) from kindergarten to 12th grade. I don’t think anyone … Continue reading

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Atomic Habits in the Science Classroom

What are “Atomic Habits”? Atomic habits are the small scale wins that people consistently engage in, through a life-long process or on a journey. This journey is NOT constructed for someone to eventually become who they want to be, but it is … Continue reading

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Atomic Habits: Big things from small changes

The book Atomic Habits by James Clear gives a clear and concise way to, as he puts it, get remarkable results from tiny changes. One of the key points of this book is just small or atomic improvements can create … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students

What are “Atomic Habits”? Atomic habits are a series of small changes and tiny breakthroughs that compound over time to help you fulfill your full potential (Clear, 2018, p. 7, 9). It can be succinctly summarized as “tiny changes, remarkable … Continue reading

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Racing to The Margins

What are the margins? Merriam-Webster’s definition of “margin” is. “the part of a page or sheet outside of the main body of printed or written matter.” This definition fits perfectly with what it means to teach in the margins. Teaching … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Margins: Into the Unknown

Margins, What Are They? Ecologically speaking, margins are areas that sit directly between two distinct ecological areas. Where a forest meets a beach. Where a field meets a road. Where a desert meets a mountain. These areas are studied by … Continue reading

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The Margins: Where True Learning Happens

For many years, teachers have been taught to teach what is in their curriculum and to steer away from classroom diversions. Teachers may have been told to avoid difficult conversations, controversial topics, and perhaps even what is happening in the … Continue reading

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