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"The Motivated Student"

"The Motivated Student"

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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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Bob Sullo's picture
Bob Sullo
author, educational consultant

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the kind words. On Thursday, May 13, we will have a live book chat from 7:00-8:00 ET. One of the focal points will be planning with kids' emotional needs in mind. It's a strategy I developed that leads to more on-task behavior, increased achievement, and decreased disruption. If you need info about how to participate in the book chat, let me know.....bob

Bob Sullo's picture
Bob Sullo
author, educational consultant

Hi Susan....The book chat for "The Motivated Student" has finished. However, you can read the archived conversations. You need to go to the "Inspiring Student Motivation" page. Here is the link:
At the bottom of the page, you'll see something that says "Most Recent Group Blog Posts." There are a whole serioes of my picture. Most of them are the archived chats for you to read. Sorry it is so cumbersome. Thanks for expressing interest.
I also have just begun a blog you may find interesting. Here's the link:
All the best...bob

Margie Wismont's picture

I am new to this site. I teach a Special Education in Sacramento, Calif. Are there any other special education teacher who belong to this site?

AL's picture
primary school, K-2, special education teacher from Emerald Isle, NC

I am sorry that I was not aware of this book study before it started. I work with children who can be very difficult to motivate due to their disabilities. What concerns me more is the number of parents who are unmotivated to help their children learn. I had two students this passed year who missed nearly one-third of the school year. These were unexcused absences. Any tips you might have for how to help these parents understand the need for their children to be in school would be so helpful. I have tried everything I can think of and have hit two brick walls.

AL's picture
primary school, K-2, special education teacher from Emerald Isle, NC

Hi there. i just joined and was wondering the same thing. It is nice to see another special education in the group. With it being summer I am not on often but try to check e-mail and websites at least twice a week. I look forward to chatting.

Romonica Smith's picture

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.

Bob Sullo's picture
Bob Sullo
author, educational consultant

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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