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  1. The Power Of Choice
  2. “20 Interesting Images to use in the Classroom”
  3. If You Have A Blog, Or Are Thinking Of Starting One, Then This Is A Must-Read Post
  4. “Grow Your Own PLN: From Information To Knowledge”
  5. “What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World”
  6. A Few Final Easter Links
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The Power Of Choice

I’ve previously posted on the idea of giving students choices (see The Art of Choosing) and I’ve also written about it in my new book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves.

A new study re-emphasizes the importance of choice in the classroom for most students. The Science Daily reports on it in Power and Choice Are Interchangeable: It’s All About Controlling Your Life.

Here’s an excerpt:

Having power over others and having choices in your own life share a critical foundation: control, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The paper finds that people are willing to trade one source of control for the other. For example, if people lack power, they clamor for choice, and if they have an abundance of choice they don’t strive as much for power.

There are many things we can do in the classroom to help our students feel like they have power by involving them in decision-making on issues like seating or even room arrangement. But those efforts can appear tiny in the face of facts like so many of our students coming from family situations where they have little power (immigrant children who were moved to an entirely new country as the result of a family decision) or coming from low-income families who may feel like they have little power to confront countless economic and social challenges.

However, in addition to our possibly feeble efforts to help engage them in feeling powerful, we can certainly emphasize offering choices — the kinds of homework they have to do, the types of presentations they can organize, the essay topics they can respond to….

The pay-off can be students who are happier and more open to learning and to accepting challenges — not to mention an easier classroom management situation for the teacher.

Power and freedom, according to William Glasser, are two of the five basic human needs.

It’s certainly not an either/or decision for teachers but, jeez, offering choices can be so relatively painless — why wouldn’t we do it?

A lot.

 

“20 Interesting Images to use in the Classroom”

Regular readers are familiar with Tom Barrett’s “Interesting Ways” series, where he shares countless ways to use different web tools and teaching/learning strategies (you can see all of them at that link). They are on several “The Best…” lists.

He’s just published another great one called “20 Interesting Images to use in the Classroom.”

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

 


If You Have A Blog, Or Are Thinking Of Starting One, Then This Is A Must-Read Post

Want More Readers? How Online Reading Habits Are Changing and What You NEED To Know by Sue Waters is a must-read post by anyone who is interested in having people find and read the posts they are writing.

I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

 

“Grow Your Own PLN: From Information To Knowledge”

“Grow Your Own PLN: From Information To Knowledge” is an excellent slide presentation by Nik Peachey.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks.

 

“What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World”

What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World is a nice post from BuzzFeed.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

 

A Few Final Easter Links

Here are a few final additions to The Best Sites For Learning About Easter And Passover:

Holy Week and Easter, 2011 is a series of photos from The Atlantic.

Easter ceremonies is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by the Obamas is from MSNBC.

First family hosts White House Easter Egg Roll is a slideshow from The Washington Post.

 

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