ERIC Number: ED469217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Motivating Students Who Don't Care: Successful Techniques for Educators. Solutions.
Mendler, Allen N.
Students who expect success but are unwilling to work for it are a source of frustration for teachers. This book offers a set of beliefs and five processes that form the framework for classroom-friendly strategies designed to inspire motivation in students who are giving up. These beliefs are that: (1) all student are capable of learning when they have the academic and personal tools to be successful; (2) students are inherently motivated to learn but learn to be unmotivated when they repeatedly fail; (3) learning requires risk-taking, so classrooms need to be safe place physically and psychologically; (4) motivation to learn most often occurs when basic needs, such as belonging and being competent, are met; (5) high self-esteem should not be a goal, but a result that comes with the mastery of challenging tasks; and (6) high motivation for learning in school most often occurs when adults treat students with dignity and respect. These tenets are driven by five key processes educators can use for guidance as they apply or create strategies that inspire and reinforce: emphasizing efforts, creating hope, respecting power, building relationships, and expressing enthusiasm. Each process is fully explained and illustrated with proven strategies from the classroom. (Contains 18 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Achievement, Motivation Techniques, Praise, Student Motivation, Underachievement
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Authoring Institution: National Educational Service, Bloomington, IN.
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