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Jun 27, 2013 10:32pm

How do you motivate students who don't want to learn?

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  • Pre K-5
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement


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    • Jun 28, 2013 11:52am

      There's two schools of thought here and Ms. Collins alluded to one form: There's intrinsic and extrinsic forms of motivation. This is according to my education studies. Motivating students with awards or a good pat on the back for a job well done are examples of extrinsic form of motivation. They work well for students in gradeschool and they still work well for more mature students. I believe that allowing students to come up with their own goals or aims would eventually lead to its intrinsic form because they get the satisfaction for doing the work that they want to do. That's one tall order.

      • Oct 7, 2014 9:22pm

        Classroom teaching, existing tutoring, and mentoring programs are only effective if a student wants to take advantage of them. An alarming number of unmotivated elementary and middle school children do not. Unmotivated students are unlikely to embrace the learning process or participate in tutoring, homework help or other types of traditional mentoring programs.

        Here is a simple and fun 15 minute, once per week strategy, to repetitively motivate and inspire elementary and middle school students to excel academically and socially and to respect their teachers, schools, peers and the learning process. Although originally geared towards significantly underperforming children, this program will benefit any student type. Of particular relevance would be the home page, benefits page and FAQs at: www.OnGiantsShoulders.ORG

        • Jun 29, 2013 12:31am

          I've asked this question in several different forums and the keyword that keeps presenting itself is "relationships". Thank you Lauren and Shannon for your examples in your responses!

          Michael, thank you for your response! I will also start allowing my students to come up with their own goals to help develop their "intrinsic motivation".