Student Motivation

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Student Motivation :

Student Motivation Or How to Make Them Care!

Question: How do I get my students to care about and take ownership of their education? One of the main problems I have come across this year is that my students simply do not care if they fail or if they get an A+. Therefore, I cannot get them to do anything let alone teach standards. Once they start to care about their education how do I push them to become lifelong learners?   This research will help me become a more effective middle grades teacher because I will be able to reach my students at their core and truly understand how they think. Once I know how to motivate them then I can get them to do challenging work without forcing it. :

Question: How do I get my students to care about and take ownership of their education? One of the main problems I have come across this year is that my students simply do not care if they fail or if they get an A+. Therefore, I cannot get them to do anything let alone teach standards. Once they start to care about their education how do I push them to become lifelong learners?   This research will help me become a more effective middle grades teacher because I will be able to reach my students at their core and truly understand how they think. Once I know how to motivate them then I can get them to do challenging work without forcing it.

Profile: Student A:

Profile: Student A Hispanic Qualifies for free lunch program In the second lowest class Likes cars, music and math Has two older brothers and one younger brother Instigated by friends in the class Mostly respectful but can cross the line Wants to be a mechanic Quarter 1: 63% D Quarter 2: 80% B Quarter 3: 70% C Quarter 4: 90% A

Profile: Student B:

Profile: Student B Hispanic Qualifies for free lunch In the highest class Plays in the school band and is a member of the robotics team Has one younger brother Quiet and reserved Wants to be a pediatrician Quarter 1: 96% A Quarter 2: 95% A Quarter 3: 91% A Quarter 4: 94% A

What causes student apathy?:

What causes student apathy? Students are afraid to fail Students have troubled home lives Students experience peer pressure Students have realized they can get by without doing a lot of work Unsupportive Parents

What is the connection between student apathy and low-income schools?:

What is the connection between student apathy and low-income schools? “It's not that low-income students don't want to study various areas, but their motivation for enrolling in college may be more related to a desire to improve their financial situation, and that has a strong impact on their success .” – Scott Jaschik , Insidehighered.com Majority of students in America come from low-income households – Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post

Strategies to Increase Motivation:

Strategies to Increase Motivation How To Motivate Your Kids To Learn – Alain Jehan , NEA.org Build Strong Relationships Give Them a Voice and a Choice Make it Fun Make it Relevant Make it Real Use Technology Motivating Students Who Don't Care - Allen Mendler , ASCD.org Show students how achievement benefits life . Create challenges that students can  master Focus on the teaching and learning process.  Establish relationships.  Give rewards for an immediate gain.  Strategies to keep teachers motivated to motivate students: Persuasion over Leverage Try a Variety of Strategies Take Good Emotional Care of Yourself

Rewarding Students – Good or Bad?:

Rewarding Students – Good or Bad? “Rewards motivate students to get rewards, not to learn. Studies show that when people are rewarded for doing something, they’ll do it now, but they are less likely to do it again later .” - John Perricone , High school health educator, Endwell, New York “But rewarding them for doing a great job—that’s what industry does; it’s the way the world works. Maybe if I were in an upper-middle class area, the reward would be to make a presentation to the faculty. But in my high-poverty area, money works. But it’s not mostly the dollars. It’s the fact that I would take my money and invest in them—that’s not what they’re used to .” -Mary Ward, Business skills teacher, East Halifax, North Carolina

Interview: Michelle Walthers:

Interview: Michelle Walthers Weekly basis grade check - competition by beating their own goals NWEA: By winter students should strive to beat their Fall score 1 intrinsic reward - Receive A or B on test/quiz = a sticker Every 2 stickers = homework free pass or “moving on up” (Use the pass to move up one letter grade for assignment or test) Bulletin Board with passes. Teachers Handwriting with their name Private Conversation on the side = More opportunity - Give examples Give them a rundown of what their life would be like with little effort Walthers Bio – Caucasian Teacher with 20 years of experience Currently teaching the advanced program Working on doctorate in Education

Conclusion:

Conclusion Parent Involvement beyond the traditional ways Inquiry Based Learning and Service Learning Student Centered Learning - Shelley Wright Stray away from traditional awards Lessons on “life"

Sources:

Sources http:// www.nea.org/home/10308.htm http:// www.teachhub.com/when-kids-dont-care-battling-student-apathy http:// www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol1/101-mendler.aspx https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=blWcbY5qA58 https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fMC-z7K0r4 https:// www.youtube.com / watch?v = EKGyoCLSqeE