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.