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Keeping Students Focused and Motivated During Independent Work

We know that when students are actually "doing" is when the real learning happens. So how do you create motivation and focus in students so that they can truly learn during independent time? These tools will help you get your students enthusiastic about working independently, support them with ways to keep track of their own progress and monitor their learning, and ensure that every student is able to work in a calm and comfortable independent environment.
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Keeping Students Focused and Motivated During Independent Work
  • Rosy Reed says:
    We know how much good study/reading habits are going to be for students throughout their lives. This tracking sheet can be used to set high expectations and grade students on how they function during independent reading or work time. Each student starts with a 10 every week and gets a point marked down if they are clearly unfocused on their independent or group work. I kept a binder of these for each kid to track their weekly progress.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This video offers a great example of how to set students up for success BEFORE beginning independent work. The teacher uses some great tools for ensuring that students will be motivated but also ready for the material, so that they won't struggle or not take the work seriously once on their own.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This effort and achievement tracker that students can keep in their binders, allows them to stay aware of what it takes to do high quality independent work. Students can track each assignment, how much effort they put in (based on descriptors), and how well they did on it.
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    Teaching Students to Stay Focused

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    Rosy Reed says:
    This article from The Responsive Classroom offers six simple but crucial strategies for teaching and supporting students to stay focused during independent work time.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This lesson plan from Maddie Witter with KIPP shows how to teach independent routines as mini-lessons so that students understand exactly what the expectations are and how to be successful and stay motivated when working independently.