COVID-19: Helping Students Develop the Motivation to Invest in their Learning While Sheltering at Home
Presenters: LeAnn Nickelsen and Rick Wormeli

Students’ brains are hijacked emotionally versus academically right now. Hopes for normal springtime school experiences have been replaced with anxiety, frustration, and despair, especially as families struggle economically and are challenged by illness. School work may or may not be students’ top priority, and understandably so. What can we do, then, to help them invest in their own learning for the remainder of this year and perhaps longer, especially when they feel isolated and grades may or may not matter? No matter what type of distance learning experience you’re providing for your students. Watch this provocative and practical Webinar with LeAnn Nickelsen and Rick Wormeli as they bust motivation myths and provide specific insights on how to plan online learning experiences to maximize students’ motivation during this challenging time.

Webinar Slides
Q&A with Nickelsen and Wormeli

PAMLE This webinar was offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education to provide participants with Act 48 continuing professional education credit. To obtain credit, please complete the post-assessment after viewing the recording.

LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed., educator and Certified Jensen Trainer (brain-research) for over 25 years, has authored/co-authored 14 educational books. Two of which are: Teaching with the Instructional Cha-Chas: 4 Steps to Make Learning Stick (Solution Tree, 2019) (this book won the 2020 Teacher’s Choice Award) and Bringing the Common Core to Life (ELA Toolkit) (Co-Authored with Eric Jensen; Corwin Press). LeAnn currently trains and coaches educators to activate the highest impact tools, to close and prevent gaps, and to provide equity among the most vulnerable students: high poverty, struggling learners, ELs, special education, etc. She is an award-winning educator and author and is a nationally-trained expert on student learning, passionate about providing educators with strategies that can be used immediately to maximize learning in the classroom for ALL students.
Rick Wormeli One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity, and high standards to his presentations and his instructional practice, which includes 30 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers. Rick's work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC's Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Geographic, and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and The Washington Post.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he's been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, and at the White House. He is a seasoned veteran of many webcasts, and he is Disney's American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation. He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service, and Leadership, and he has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV, and the Smithsonian Institution's Natural Partners Program and their search for the Giant Squid.