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I have a student who has no desire to listen when instructions for new material are given, and she immediately gives up if something is too difficult. What are some ways I can motivate her to want to learn new material and to stay engaged?

Mar 5, 2015 12:18pm

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 7
  • Behavior / Engagement / Special Education


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    • Mar 6, 2015 10:57am

      What about chunking the information/tasks into smaller segments? She might be more willing to engage and persist in the work if she feels successful. Then you can gradually increase the amount of work/material.

      • Mar 9, 2015 7:08pm

        You can try to find out what interests her outside of school and see if you can find a way to work that into an assignment.

        • Apr 3, 2015 5:43pm

          One thing is for certian, you need to have a sit down with this individual and talk with her about her learning habits. And tell her that this is not going to work in your classroom.
          One thing I have done with some of my students is draft a Contingency plan with the individual. And in this plan make sure they have a say in what goes into it and make sure they know what is going to be expected of them. Have them sign it and hold them to it. Also, given them rewards/punishments for following/not following the plan.

          • Jun 14, 2015 1:05pm

            try intergrating what student likes work/ material sometimes student relates better and well stay engage

            • Jun 5, 2015 12:06am

              Try to link the new material with her daily life and surrounding.Then follow the easiest steps to cover that new material.