The topic I chose for my discussion is: can motivating students actually be done? I find that my greatest challenge is my Learning Support students and their lack of motivation. I work in a district where Special Education is highly supported. I have struggled in finding what motivates students who are primarily struggling with school and who might not see much success. I work hard at finding lessons that pull students in and entice them to want to learn. It is difficult for me to hook all of my students.
I feel that doing well in school has a direct correlation to success in life. I attended an in-service at my school this past January 2014 that was conducted by my peers who attended the Penn Literacy Network classes through the University of Pennsylvania (https://www.gse.upenn.edu/pln/). Their excitement for working with students in order to entice them to write more was contagious. The reason I bring this up is because of what they shared with us. They stated that the number one factor in a student’s success was the education level of the student’s mother. This bit of information to me was both enlightening and depressing. I was excited for my own two children since I was presently pursuing a masters degree and love the art of learning, but depressed for my students knowing that many of their mothers did not have an education that lead to a desire for continued learning or higher education of any level.
Do any of you have any suggestions for motivating students whose parents do not stress education? I sure could use some suggestions!
I found this blog http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/what-keeps-students-them-motivated-to-learn/ addressing the topic of What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn. It is very interesting in that many students are motivated by knowing that the teacher cares about them individually. Do you agree with what the students state are the most important aspects of motivation?