ERIC Number: EJ895295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 1
Motivating Urban Youth
Curwin, Richard L.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n1 p35-39 2010
Television, advertising, the Internet, music, and the proliferation of chain stores have had a homogenizing effect on children. Regardless of what type of environment they live in, the style of youth's dress, the way they talk, and how they respond to a wide range of stimuli are surprisingly similar. In spite of these similarities, the challenges of teachers in urban environments are vastly magnified and substantially different than those of their counterparts. And while many motivational strategies fit all students, there are many considerations that differentiate urban youth from their suburban and rural counterparts. In an atmosphere of hopelessness, violence, and fear, the author stresses that students can be motivated by building hope. Creating a hopeful attitude in students whose hope is in short supply is the key to inspiring motivation in urban youth. The author discusses four keys to building hope: (1) believe in students; (2) genuinely care about students; (3) refuse to give up on them; and (4) start making a difference.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Motivation Techniques, Urban Youth, Student Motivation, Educational Environment, Student Attitudes, At Risk Students, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Expectations of Students
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