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    Motivating a Hunger for Knowledge, Not Grades

    In the field of educational psychology, experts have many different theories of motivation. One of my favorites is ‘Achievement Goal Theory’. This theory deals with the reasons that people choose to pursue certain tasks,

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    Strengthen Willpower, Establish Autonomy

    Autonomy is an inner sense of self-reliance, healthful independence, and personal authority that makes a person feel capable of making appropriate decisions and managing daily living without requiring supervision. Self-reliant people do not require rewards or bribes in order to make positive choices.

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    What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades?

    Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

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    25 Ways to Ask your Kids “So how was school today?” without Asking them, “So how was school today?”

    This blog post was written and shared on Simple Simon and Company and it resonated with us. We are privileged to see and teach your children all day, but when they come home to you, they might not be very talkative. We thought this blog offered some great suggestions to get the conversation going!

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    7 Ways to Keep Girls Interested in STEM for the Long Haul.

    Just 15 percent of U.S. engineers are women. Here’s how to correct that statistic and get girls invested in STEM. Engineering is empowering. It encompasses the ability to create whatever you can imagine and thereby change the world for the better. But in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population.

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