Create a Menu of Activities

Students benefit from choice during work periods and break periods to increase self-regulation, provide autonomy and encourage cooperation. Example: Provide... View Article

Optimize Authenticity

Students benefit when tasks have an impact or actionable purpose. Consider relevant topics and audiences by subject area. Example: In... View Article

Make Tasks Active

Use active materials or content to increase engagement and comprehension of the task. Example: When writing a non-fiction article, a... View Article

Use of a Timer

Students may benefit from a timer for a variety of reasons, including motivation, self-regulation, and attention to task. Example: A... View Article

Praise Effort, Not Traits

Provide positive reinforcement for specific actions, instead of stable traits. Example: “I like how you tried _____________ and then thought of other ways to answer the... View Article

Honor Process Improvements

Positively reinforce productive approaches to learning. Example: “I notice that you are thinking deeply about______________. That kind of thinking is going to help you improve... View Article