Working with struggling students for most of my teaching career has taught me a few things about children and how attitude impacts learning. I have seen it all! Smart students that give up on learning, and struggling students that are determined to succeed.
What does it take to be a determined learner?
Here is my list of qualities that children need to possess to be successful:
Realizing that you are responsible for your own learning.
Knowing that you have what it takes to learn!
Having a curiosity and excitement to learn.
The energy that moves us forward.
The willingness to take risks and try something new.
What qualities do you think our students need to be determined learners?
I really love this free website that will take your writing and turn it into a shape. What a great idea for writing in February! Students could cut out the shape and and glue it to pretty paper with a doily. Girls would love to add some bling!
Another positive: You have to write quite a few sentences to make the heart shape design. That will encourage students that only like to write one or two sentences to write more!