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Writing it down

Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips – Dawson Trotman There’s much value in writing down what we are teaching. This past week, i’ve had feedback from students telling me they understand the lessons much better.  The secret formula is to actually write down what i’m saying. Not every single word, […]

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Strategy #10: Specify and Magnify

Specify and Magnify This is strategy #10 from Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you have not read the previous strategies, click here to start! This method looks for the positive behaviors and points it out. Amplifying it. This increases the child/student’s motivation level.  The challenges for this method: Lack of patience. It requires […]

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Set Goals to Learn Chemistry

Came across this really good TedEx talk by Stephen Duneier on goal setting, watch it if you have the time. Well, we’re reach the 3rd last strategy by Dr Lee in her book “Internal Drive Theory”. If you haven’t read the previous strategies, start here. Strategy #9 – Set Goals to Learn Chemistry Dr Lee starts […]

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Design the Self-Concept to Learn Chemistry

This is Strategy #8 of Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you have not read the previous seven strategies, click here. Words are powerful. They send a subliminal message from the physical world to our subconscious. Our subconscious mind has no way of telling which words to believe and which words to keep out. […]

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Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation

Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation Hi all, here it is, strategy #7 Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation, from Dr Lee’s ‘Internal Drive Theory’ book. If you have not read the first six strategies, click here. In this chapter, Dr Lee shares three kinds of goal orientation or mindset (paraphrased) : Results orientated. Risk orientated. Growth […]

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Strengthen Self-Efficacy: Difficult Victories

Strengthen Self-Efficacy: Difficult Victories This is strategy #6 from Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you haven’t read the first five strategies, start here. First of all, Dr Lee defines self-efficacy as a belief one has about one’s capability to perform. Not to be confused with self-esteem, which is a sense of self-worth. Self-efficacy […]

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RIVR for Learning Chemistry

Random, Intermittent and Variable Reinforcement (RIVR) This is Strategy #5 RIVR from Dr Lee’s book ‘Internal Drive Theory’, if you haven’t read the first four strategies, click here. In this strategy, we look at using rewards to help influence the child/student’s behavior.  Firstly, we have to distinguish between ‘approval’ and ‘reinforcement’. Approval for the right […]

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Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry

Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry We’ve come to strategy #4 from Dr Lee’s book, Internal Drive Theory, Motivate Your Child to Want to Study. If you haven’t read the previous three strategies, start here. This ranking of feedback is based on my own personal opinion, not from the book. The idea is, we need to […]

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