Spark Student Motivation Saturdays - Something for the Teacher

I am linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her super motivating linky.....

Today I am going to share three things that motivate me, the teacher, and the best part they all come right to my inbox!!

The first one is one that I have already shared, but I figured there are some new followers out there who may not have gone back and read every single post I ever wrote (for shame, really why not??)

So number one is the behaviour management newsletter by Michael Linsin at Smart Classroom Management. I still have not read any of his books but I LOVE the newsletter.

His  newsletter is delivered to my school e-mail on Saturday. I love that I have it set up to go to my school email since I do not check it all that often on weekends or in the summer but when I do I get a little shot of motivation! There are always words of advice, or maybe a little encouragement to try something new or to try again or even some validation of what I am doing or thinking.

Here is a sample from one of the emails:

The second newsletter that is delivered to my inbox each week is from Choice Literacy. I do not have a paid membership, I just receive the email with links to some interesting articles. I like these articles because they are quick reads and I always take away something I can use. I am motivated!! to try something out or find a new book or a new website! Plus there are articles by Franki Sibberson who co-authors the blog  A Year of Reading which I love (find very motivating I mean :))  Here is an example.

The last thing that comes to my inbox to motivate me is a Daily Creative Activity from The Beanstalk Project. Yes this one comes daily during the week. They are quick 5 minute activities, sort of like Daily Physical Activity, only these are meant to get your brain moving and creative ideas flowing.  Here is an example:

I keep all of the Choice Literacy and Smart Classroom Management newsletters in a folder in my inbox so I can always go back and reference them or reread them when I need a little motivation!!

Can't wait to read all the other ways teachers will be motivating themselves or their students this year!!


  1. This is a great idea, sometimes we all need a little reminder to keep us motivated.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. Thanks for sharing! It is important to keep our students motivated but often is can be difficult to keep US motivated.


  3. I really enjoyed your post. I am so excited to check out the Choice Literacy site and to follow A Year Of Reading Blog! Thank you!

    Live, Love, Learn in Fourth Grade

  4. I will be signing up for all 3 of these! Thank you! :)
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  5. These are some great newsletter ideas! I signed up for the first one the first time you talked about it but I haven't had a chance to read them... :O/

    I need to do better about motivating myself! Thanks for sharing friend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. These are wonderful newsletter ideas! Thanks.

    Creating Lifelong Learners

  7. I'm soooo glad you posted again about Smart Classroom Management! I signed up the first time you introduced us, but I guess I never confirmed my subscription so I never got any emails! :O( And, of course until now, I forgot about it! I'm signed up for all three now! Thanks Anne for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. I remember reading about this too but didn't sign up at the time! Now that it is summer and I have a little extra time, I need to do it! Thanks so much for the reminder. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. I've signed up for all of the newsletters and especially look forward to the classroom management one. I got lost reading those articles and already have a few ideas. I'd like to recommend and its newsletter.

  10. Thank you for informing me about these websites. I have signed up for all four and look forward to reading them on the weekends.


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