What name immediately comes to mind when you hear the phrase unmotivated student?
I’m sure we can all think of at least one! The reason for [almost] appearing in the title is that despite all the research and advances in teaching theory and practice; despite the advances in our understanding of how the brain learns, and regardless of how motivated and passionate you are in the classroom the unmotivated student is here to stay.
There will always be students who despite our best efforts will refuse to engage. It would be nice if there was a magic formula or we could program the students so they would respond according to our wishes but that’s not the reality of teaching.
You can't program your students!
That being said, there are some things that you can do to create a culture or an atmosphere that encourages the unmotivated student to engage in their learning.
In the previous post we looked at the first way [almost] guaranteed to help motivate unmotivated students which was to interrupt the cycle of failure.
Today we will look at the remaining two (obviously this is not meant to be an exhaustive list):