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8 Quick Strategies to Boost Student Engagement

wThe concept of student engagement has been a matter of discussion for decades. All of us remember sitting in classrooms with a teacher at the front, providing information, using a blackboard (more recently a whiteboard) to give some examples, and then asking us to practice what had just been taught with worksheets and homework. High achieving students always complied. Middle-of-the road students complied some or most of the time. And the low-achieving students complied minimally, if at all. Everyone got...

Formative Assessments: Essential Tips for Educators

How do you ensure that your instructional methods are effective? If you wait until it's time to administer an important test, it may be too late. A poor grade or standardized test score can throw a student off track. This is why regular assessments are so important. Educators use both formative and summative assessments to help ensure that students are truly mastering concepts. It is formative assessments in particular that can help gauge a student’s understanding as they are in the...

Your Quick Guide to Experiential Learning

Johnny has learned that 2 + 2 = 4. With the help of his teacher and his brightly-colored textbook, he has memorized this fact. Billy has learned that 4 – 2 = 2. With the help of the bully who grabbed two of his 4 cookies, he has learned this fact. And, in the tussle with the bully, one of his remaining cookies broke into two pieces. Billy wondered if 2 might be halves of 1 and decided to ask...

8 Employee Retention and Recognition Ideas for SMEs

Employee retention may seem costly for a lot of SMEs. But did you know that employee turnover costs your business even more? A recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress estimated that: [edgtf_unordered_list style="circle" animate="no" font_weight=""] It costs 16% of the annual salary to replace an employee at a high-turnover, low-paying (under $30,000 per year) job. Replacing a $10/hour sales assistant, for instance, will cost your business around $3,300. Replacing someone on a midrange position (earning $30,000 to $50,000 a...

What Is Extrinsic Motivation?

Every day we roll out of our beds and contemplate on what tasks and activities we'll do next. We anticipate some of those and dread others. How come? Well, that has something to do with the pesky thing called “motivation” – our driver for doing what we are doing (or procrastinating on some things). As the title suggests, in this post we’ll take a close look at what is extrinsic motivation and how it can help you get better at managing yourself...

How to Use Positive Reinforcement in Employee Training

What is the best way to motivate your team and encourage them to be more proactive when it comes to learning and professional development? There’s one great method often dubbed as “the most powerful leadership tool” and it is positive reinforcement. What is Positive Reinforcement? Positive reinforcement is the practice of giving a desirable or pleasant stimulus (reward) after a certain behavior, to reinforce its recurrence. It simple words it stands for strategic praising to encourage certain actions among your employees. However, positive...

How to Use Discount Gift Cards In Your Marketing

Is there a way to delight your customers and grow your revenue simultaneously? Yes. It’s called gift cards marketing. Those eye-catching gift certificates and retail discount gift cards have been around for several decades. And there's a good reason for that: they still work amazingly well. Why Gift Cards Work Customers love a good freebie or a discount. So much so that they are becoming the preferred gift option for both purchasers and receivers. In fact, gift cards have been the number one...