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Does anyone have strategies to motivate reluctant participants during Number Talks

Oct 6, 2013 2:51pm

Beginning to see a few students not motivated

  • Math
  • Pre K-2
  • Behavior


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    • Oct 8, 2013 7:40am

      I like those 5 rules Eric. I think that for the young Pre K-2 audience, enthusiasm is very important, as are visual aids especially when working with a subject like math. The more math looks like fun games, interesting story problems, or silly songs, the more young students will probably stay engaged.

      • Oct 9, 2013 4:10am

        Absolutely Loren! The more students are engaged, the less problems teachers will have and there are so many different angles to approach motivation, that the best way to handle it is to make sure it does not happen in the first place.through continuous engagement.

        • Oct 12, 2013 7:30pm

          Eric, i LOVE those rules. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to pass them on to my whole staff! I think we all know them and attempt them most of the time, but an overt reminder is always helpful.

          • Oct 15, 2013 2:41pm

            Eric: These are 5 great things to remember. As an instructional coach in schools, I had a new teacher today be really down on himself because he felt he just wasn't good at motivating some of his students. What a great way to start my coaching conversation with him on Wednesday! Your list puts words to what can be vague and unsure about in our minds as we strive to motivate children everyday.

            • Oct 16, 2013 5:51am

              Thanks Liz and Kimberly!


              • Nov 3, 2013 8:56am

                I'm an ESL teacher and I find that many of my younger reluctant participants are just not comfortable speaking out loud yet. I use the old fashioned think-pair-share approach that I learned in APL training years ago along with a sentence frame for answering the question using academic or target vocabulary. I pose a question to all of my students and model an answer using the sentence frame. Then, I provide wait time for everyone to think of an answer. After a short while, I have them turn to a partner and have them talk about their answer using the complete sentence from the sentence frame. While students are talking, I conference with those students that I know will struggle and let them rehearse their answer with me. At this point I correct them if they are incorrect so that the correction isn't happening in front of the entire class and allow them to practice using the correct answer. When its time to share, I make sure I call on those students that I conferenced with to allow them to speak up with confidence. The pride in their faces when they are able to share is impressionable, not to mention the fact that ALL of my students are participating in speaking about their answer. Hope it works for you!