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"The Motivated Student"

Bob Sullo author, educational consultant

Have you ever been frustrated by your attempts to motivate kids with rewards and punishment? Do you wish kids were more motivated to learn rather than working for tickets to the school store? If so, you may be interested in a book study group I am facilitating based on my ASCD book "The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning." It starts in 2 weeks and is free. For details, visit:
http://edge.ascd.org/_The-Motivated-Student/BLOG/2273392/127586.html

My goal is to gather as many educators as possible from around the world (literally) and discuss how to engage and inspire kids to value learning and succeed academically. If you're interested in student motivation, I hope you'll join me and be part of this exciting conversation!

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I think there are too many parents who are unmotivated to help their children learn. I believe they are this way because of their lack of education so they are not aware of the importance of an education. Some students don't have the support from their parents to get an education, but if they have motivating teachers it will help them to become motivated.

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I agree with much of what you say, Romonica, but I may see things slightly differently. I think they key components are that those parents who appear "unmotivated" typically suffer from a lack of knowledge regarding the value of education. (I'm not sure I'd call that "unmotivated.") I agree that some students don't have as much support as others and that's why it's crucial for teachers to create engaging, inspiring classrooms. These kids are motivated. They just don't have the knowledge and family support to be motivated to do well in school. Inspiring teaching can help these students find the motivation to be successful. That's the awesome power of education.

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