Tag Archives: Motivating Underachievers

Motivating Students: Focus on 6 Strategies

There are many children who seem undermotivated, disengaged, and underachieving. Many educators are frustrated by such students; some educators as they struggle with finding ways to engage those students, and some because they believe it is up to those students to be motivated or … Continue reading

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Classroom Management is the Opposite of Motivation and Engagement

Recently, I attended a conference where table talks were a part of the lunch program. There were 12 or 13 topics, and we chose which table/topic we wanted to sit in on. Who ever was at the table collaboratively guided … Continue reading

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Teaching with Engaging Tasks

Engaging Tasks are an easy-to-implement, real world learning strategy that, when implemented well, many students find very motivating.  An Engaging Task tells a little story (only a paragraph or so!) that gives the students a reason for doing the work. … Continue reading

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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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