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Training motivatingstudents

  1. 1. Motivating unmotivatedStudentsJennifer Finger, MSW, LCSW
  2. 2. Acknowledge Race
  3. 3. Some ideas to keep in mind• The is no easy answer of secretweapon• Each child is different• Each educator is different• These are ideas for grades k-12
  4. 4. Required Basic Beliefs1. All students are capable of learning whenthey have the academic and personal toolsto be successful.2. Students are inherently motivated to learnto be unmotivated when they repeatedly fail.3. Learning requires risk taking, so classroomsneed to be safe places physically andpsychologically.
  5. 5. Beliefs continued4. All students have basic needs to belong, tobe competent, and to influence whathappens to them. Motivation to learn mostoften occurs when these basic needs aremeet.5. High self-esteem should not be a goal, butrather a result that comes with the masteryof challenging tasks.6. High motivation for learning in school mostoften occurs when adults treat students withrespect and dignity.
  6. 6. 6 tenants to increasemotivation• Emphasizing effort• Creating hope• Respecting power• Building relationships• Expressing enthusiasm• Media and movement = motivation
  7. 7. Emphasizing Effort
  8. 8. Make sure that grades reflecteffort• Give points for problems tried• Give points for attendance• Give points for participation
  9. 9. Emphasizing effortThe relationship betweenachievement and effort
  10. 10. Christen Moore’s secret toalways passing a class• Attend (sit in the front)• Do every assignment• Ask for extra work
  11. 11. The three R’s• Retake• Redo• Revise
  12. 12. Give a reason for effort• A well know principal of human behavioris that when we ask someone to do us afavor, we will be more successful if weprovide a reason• “ Do at least 5 math problems becausethat is the fewest number for practicethat really makes us remember how tosolve these problems”
  13. 13. Put Effort into Writing• Goal sheets• Contracts
  14. 14. Celebrate Markers andEndings• Pizza parties can really work!• Applause is great• Certificates of achievement
  15. 15. Make Homework a Bonus• Provide points• Only mandatory if not passingquizzes• Required and optional HW
  16. 16. Reflection1. For students who are unmotivated inschool what do you think motivatesthem in other areas of their lives?2. When you are faced with challenges inyour life, what do you do to muster upthe effort to get the job done?
  17. 17. Creating Hope• Believing that you can climb themountain• Differentiation is key!
  18. 18. Ensure Adequacy of basicskills
  19. 19. Show how AchievementBenefits Their Lives.• Mentor programs• Guest speakers• Job shadowing• Show them the numbers
  20. 20. Teach the power of positiveaffirmations• I am my own person and make my owndecions• I am making good deciouns• I can smile and feel good whenever Iwant• I can ask questions when I have thembecause I am confident and smart
  21. 21. Acknowledge your mistakes• Remember mistakes you madeat their age• Model how to take ownership• Model how mistakes do notdefine a person
  22. 22. Help Students developpersonal goals1. Determine a goal and time frame2. Write out the steps3. Decide on a reward or many smallrewards4. Check you plan with an adult5. Do steps one at a time
  23. 23. Teach individual learningprocesses• Help them to understand the differentway that people learn
  24. 24. Mel Levin’s Work
  25. 25. A quiz to inspire hope• Adopted from 101
  26. 26. Are you smarterthan a 5th grader?• G• H• M• B• L• N• A• K• I• O• C• E• J• D• F
  27. 27. Reflection1. Remember a former teacher who made youfeel special. Picture that person and writedown what it was that they said or did thatmade you feel special.2. Think of a student who is not living up to hispotential. What would it take for you tobecome that special teacher in his life?
  28. 28. Respecting Power
  29. 29. Involve students in Rules andConsequences• Have the class brain storm class rulesconsequences and rewards
  30. 30. Defer to student power• Let them know that they have thepower to make good choices1. “We both know that you have thepower to______.”2. “Thanks for using it.”
  31. 31. Ask For an Opinion• Ask them about what topic to cover in acertain class• Ask them what you could do to get morestudents to follow a specific rule
  32. 32. Have Them Teach a Lesson
  33. 33. Use the PEP Method• Privacy• Eye Contact• Proximity
  34. 34. Call home to problem Solve• This means the student not the parent• Don’t be afraid to call home more thanonce• Remember to call home with praisewhen it is working well
  35. 35. Offer real choices• Keep in mind the outcome that youdesire– “Answer 3 of the 6 problems.”– “I know that you have the power of whenyour work gets done. Would you like to doit now or choose to have your work timeduring recess?”
  36. 36. Reflection Time1. List all of the classroomresponsibilities that you facetomorrow. Put an asterisk nest tothose that you must do yourself.Assign all the others to your students,particularly to those who seek powerin an appropriate ways.
  37. 37. Building Relationships
  38. 38. Building Relationships• Be honest and quenuine• Remind students that they are mostimportant that what they do
  39. 39. Know their inspirations andaspirations• Do personal interview with yourstudents• Have students do their owninterviews
  40. 40. Ideas for interview questions1. What is your favorite way to spend timeafter school?2. What is your idea of a perfect vacation?3. What do you collect?4. What is your most important possessionand why?5. If you could write a book about anythingwhat would it be?6. What is subject or an area of interest thatyou would like to know more about.
  41. 41. Be open to their feedback1. “What can I do to be a better teacherfor you?”2. “How can I help you be successful?”3. “Two things that I say or do that youthink that I should continue doing?”4. “Two things that I say or do that youwhich I would do less of are?
  42. 42. Send notes to students• Notes can be delivered in school or athome• They can be only to the student or alsoto the parent• They should always start withsomething positive and then followed bya concern or question• Offer continuous conversation
  43. 43. Use Humor• Many students see use as inhuman• Humor is a universal language
  44. 44. The Letterman Top 10Reason to go to school10. If you’ve never been caught passing notesin school there is a job for you at the FBI9. If you survive a school sponsored field trip,you should be favored to win the next“Survivor”8. If yu can leave the principal’s office withoutcrying, you will laugh at simon when hesays you were lousy7. By learning t o wake up quickly and dress inless than a minute to get to school, you’llqualify as a great firefighter
  45. 45. Top 106. By learning to ride your school’s bus systemyou’ll be ready for the New York Subwaysystem5. By carrying heavy backpacks throughschool hallways, you’ll be conditioned tomove your own furniture throughout yourlifetime4. By mastering the art of pretending to beinterested, you will be prepared for years ofdating conversations
  46. 46. Top 103. By learning to accept you teachers’criticism, you can laugh when DonaldTrump says, “Youre Fired”2. By waiting for bathroom breaks, you will beable to train your bladder to endure longbusiness meetings1. By learning to consume cafeteria food, youwill be able to win the food competion in“Fear Factor”
  47. 47. Now it is your turn!• Everyone create at least one reasonwhy student should come to school……(You can do this with your class andwatch you list get better and betterevery year.)
  48. 48. Expressing Enthusiasm
  49. 49. You have to love what youteach!
  50. 50. Some ideas• Dress in character• Encourage drama as a form ofexpressing knowledge• Teach through food• Have special theme days• Use sports
  51. 51. Reflection?1. Within your subject or grade level whatdo you enjoy teaching?2. How can you inspire that love in yourstudents?
  52. 52. The 2 M’s• Media• Movement
  53. 53. Media• Powerpoint• Music• TV• Movies
  54. 54. Movement• Dance• Charades• Hands on activilty• Group building activities• Trust building activities
  55. 55. Allow movement that does notinterfere with the learningenvironment• Allow breaks• It’s O.K. for children to stand at theirdesks• Experiment with fidget toys
  56. 56. Reflection1. How are you already using media andmovement in your classes?2. What could you add?
  57. 57. Questions?
  58. 58. Contact info•• 720-554-4463• 303-765-1677
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