Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Motivating Struggling Learners: Hard or Easy?

This month, we’ll be focusing on the topic of student motivation.  In a recent report, Engaging Students for Success: Findings from a National Survey, the authors asked teachers for their perspective on a variety of topics. Several of their findings are pertinent to our topic of motivating struggling learners.
            ♦  87% of educators believe that student engagement and motivation are “very important to student achievement.” Engagement and motivation were ranked higher than  teaching quality, parental sup- port, or family background. 

            ♦  32% of educators strongly agreed that “I am good at engaging and motivating my students.” 

            ♦  68% of educators strongly agreed that “engaging and motivating students is part of my job duties and responsibilities.” 

            ♦  19% of educators strongly agreed that “I have adequate solutions and strategies to use when students aren’t engaged or motivated.”

Those numbers are striking. Although 87% of educators think motivation and engagement are very important, only 32% believe they are effective in those areas. That’s the foundation of my newest book, Motivating Struggling Learners:  10 Strategies to Build Student Success, so we’ll explore this topic a bit more this month. 

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