Tag Archives: Motivating Underachievers

Sometimes Humor is the Best Way to Correct Behavior

So, one of your hard to teach student has just acted up in class again. Or maybe he isn't acting out, but just won't do the assignment or get into the lesson. What do you do? You've got to do … Continue reading

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The Importance of Helping Students Save Face

Are your hard to teach and underachieving students friendly and kind? Easy to get along with? Or are they often the students that drive your blood pressure up and tax your patience? If your experience is like mine, I'm guessing … Continue reading

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Kindling Fires of Curiosity

“A mind is a fire to kindled, not a vessel to be filled.” (Plutarch) I am a Mainer who has lived in several homes heated by wood stoves, and have done living history, and have gone camping, so I am … Continue reading

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Student Motivation: What Level of Engagement Are Your Students At?

I’ve worked a lot with schools wanting to motivate students, and we have largely focused on the “how.” In this work, I have named the conditions necessary for students to be motivated (as have others, such as here). My list … Continue reading

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What’s to Blame for Kids Not Learning?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I believe all students can learn. You know I think there are “easy to teach” students and “hard to teach” students, but I think they all can learn. So … Continue reading

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What Makes for Good Learning Experiences?

The more we try to to help build the talents of every student and help every learner succeed in school, the more we have to be deliberate about creating good learning experiences in our classrooms. I have certainly added to … Continue reading

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School is Boring

School is boring. We all know it. Kids know it. Parents know it, but don’t want to think about it. We teachers know it, too, but defend it. In some small way, I think we don’t want to think that … Continue reading

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Are Parents Leaving Their Good Kids at Home? Easy to Teach and Hard to Teach

I’ve worked with teachers, who refer to their students as “quick learners” and “slow learners,” or “bright students” and “dumb students.” Other teachers approach me sounding as if they believe that kids either have motivation or they don’t, and that … Continue reading

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Harassment & Engagement – Social Media Study Group

Note: This is one in a series of blog posts to be used by Auburn’s Social Media Design Team to conduct a study group before making recommendations for social media policy. If unfamiliar with this series, you might find reading … Continue reading

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An Extrinsic Motivator So Good It Should Be Your Secret Weapon

You’ve been reading through a series of my posts highlighting, mostly, counterproductive extrinsic motivators. You must be wondering, though, are all extrinsic motivators bad? The kind of motivators Alfie Kohn describes (bribery rewards) do have a negative impact on learning, … Continue reading

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