Student Motivation Problems Stop Here: How to Motivate Students Who Don’t Care About School

 

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Student Motivation Problems Stop Here:
How to Motivate Students
Who Don't Care About School

 
 

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If you’re completely fed up trying to get the student in your life to look, sound or act like a student should, you can relax. Help is here.

Finally, whether you’re a teacher or parent, you’re going to have the fun, fast, effective ways you need to motivate kids to succeed in school. Yes, even your kid. How do I know? I'm Workshop Presenter and Author Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. First, I’ve spent my whole life as a teacher educator, developing lively, unexpected, more effective methods to motivate even the most motionless youngster. Second, I don’t just talk the talk. I walk the walk. I managed to produce two successful students, one now a special ed teacher, and one a social worker— but there was a time when one of them could rival any of the most do-nothing, “I’ll do it later” offspring out there.

So, parents and teachers, check out a few of my surprising, hard-to-forget, even harder-to-ignore motivational methods for your most unmotivated students.
 

How to Motivate Students
 

Stop Talking So Much


That’s right. Pure talk is easily ignored. Kids may hear “blah blah blah.” Even if they do hear what you call “talking”– and they call “lecturing”– your message lasts just seconds or mere minutes. Switch to unexpected, impossible-to-forget methods that aren’t always just verbiage, and most definitely are not lectures that can be ignored or reduced to “blah blah blah.”
 

Use Methods That Are Attention-Grabbing and Simply Unforgettable
 

This intervention speaks for itself. It is our Poster #1 and it's ideal for older teens who are failing in school or often truant. It works well visually as a sign or poster, but even when spoken, it makes a much more effective intervention that more lecturing.

Especially when used as a poster, this method is simply insidious. It just nags and haunts every time they see it. Students can’t get it out of their mind— and isn’t that absolutely what you wanted to accomplish.

One of the most important steps to motivating apathetic kids is to get their attention and keep it. This device, which is one of my most famous motivational posters, will do that.


 

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Poster #316

Detour Around Resistance with Humor
 

Absolutely nothing is more effective to beat back resistance to change than humor. Poster #316 is the perfect example of that. It is tough for a kid to stay defiant and oppositional when they’re laughing. Humor can be short and sweet, and still deliver your motivational method more effectively than even the longest lecture. Check out one of my recent creations, Poster #316, shown at right.

 

 

 

 

 

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Poster #128

Go Nuclear
 

For the Facebook generation, it has to be over-the-top to register and stick, so use methods that are edgy, unexpected and most importantly, so surprising that your message can’t be ignored and won’t be forgotten.

Simply posting an official looking document like my popular Poster #128, shown here, will generate upset, surprise and worry—and that may be what it takes to motivate older, tougher, really resistant adolescents.

 

 

 

 

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Free Printable School and Classroom Posters for Teachers and Counselors

 

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Youth Change Teacher Professional Development WorkshopsTo help us celebrate our all-new website, we're giving away some school and classroom posters that are perfect for teachers, counselors, juvenile justice workers, foster homes, residential treatment programs and just about anywhere that there are children and teens.

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Our Most Amazing Motivational Strategies For Your Most Unmotivated Students

 

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Our Most Amazing
Motivational Strategies
For Your Most Unmotivated Students

 


 

Chances are you have way too many unmotivated and apathetic students in your classroom again this year. You've probably noticed that conventional methods of inspiring students to care about school, tend to routinely fail, especially with your most unmotivated youngsters.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsI'm trainer and consultant, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. As a workshop instructor, I read thousands of evaluations every year. I know that this magazine issue has some of the best student motivational strategies that exist, because that's what our workshop participants note on our seminar evaluation form. Hopefully, you'll agree that these devices are powerful interventions to turnaround even the most unmotivated students.

Grad Mag:
For Students Who Know That
Life Without a Diploma
Can Be a Drag

Classroom Motivation PosterTo reach the most students possible, it's critical that you use a variety of styles of intervention. Not all students learn best with their ears, for example. This motivational intervention is geared for students who respond best to active, tactile activities.

Intervention: Ask students to create "Grad Mag," a magazine that touts the benefits of graduating high school. Poster #283 provides an example. Students can use conventional art supplies or computers to create their magazine. Prior to starting on the art work, allow students to research the benefits and hazards of getting a high school diploma. They can consider variables like income, type of job, and job status.

If a group or classroom of students is involved in this project, students can be assigned to make different components of the magazine, such as the cover, back page, table of contents, and so on. Once the elements are completed, the magazine can be assembled, reviewed and discussed.

Indirect motivational methods such as this strategy, may pack a bigger punch than more straight-forward, verbal approaches proclaiming the importance of education and a diploma. While it might be easier for you to present this point of view instead of having your students research and create it, you will find this method to be far more effective, especially with oppositional youngsters.


Man vs Machine

poster to motivate studentsPower up your students to care about school by showing them how automation is quickly taking over entry level jobs, as well as many jobs that have been available to people without a high school diploma.

Intervention: To implement this intervention, use a voice that sounds like a robot, or alternatively, record your voice using a device to make it sound robotic. If you search for "make my voice sound like a robot," you'll see plenty of options. Say in a robotic voice: "Any job you can do without skills, a robot can do better." If you prefer, you can substitute the word "diploma" or "math" for the word "skills."

Next, discuss with your students why employers might much prefer virtual employees to real ones. Include answers like "robots never have to take lots of bathroom breaks" and "robots know how to do math." Poster #148, pictured at right provides illustration.

 

Education:
Now, More Important Than the Air You Breathe

motivational posterIt may be a sad commentary on our culture, but it is probably necessary to sell and market the value of school and education to students who have not discovered that truth for themselves. If you have disinterested, unmotivated students, part of your job must include convincing those youngsters that school and education will be absolutely essential to their survival.

Intervention: If you look at Poster #168, you can see that the word "diploma" is literally made of money. That is a concept that can reach some of your most uninterested students: that schools offer free diplomas that are made of money. One estimate is that high school grads out-earn dropouts by $329,000 per lifetime. Ask your students to estimate what an extra $329,000 per person –$658,000 per couple– could buy. Also ask students to choose whether they would prefer to have $329,000 more or less than everyone else.

 

There's No Excuse
For Dropping Out

Classroom PosterDon't let students' unrealistic excuses ever justify leaving school. A classic reason some boys offer for quitting school is that they plan to be famous sports stars so they will never need an education.

Intervention: Open students' eyes to the truth. Poster #170 illustrates that the NFL, NBA and MLB all want players to have a diploma. There are plenty of other types of excuses so be sure to confront whatever untrue explanations your students present. In our books, we have interventions for virtually all of these excuses, including "I'm going on welfare," "I'll marry a wealthy man," and "I'm going to win the lottery."
 

 

 

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The Best Apathy-Busters: Turnaround Bad Attitudes With These Innovative Interventions

 

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The Best
Apathy-Busters:


Turnaround Bad Attitudes
With These Innovative Interventions

 

 

If you are seeing more and more apathetic and negative students, you will love the use-now strategies included in this issue. These innovative, attention-grabbing methods are especially designed to work when conventional approaches fail, and were developed to turnaround even the most negative, entrenched child or teen. I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops, and these dynamic strategies are taken from my live, online, and on-site training workshops, as well as from my Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth books and posters.
 

Student Apathy Strategies


Strategy #1

 

School Pays Off

Student apathy posterApathetic students might see more value to school if they knew the pay-off for education. You can use this method verbally, as a poster, as a discussion starter, or as an activity. At left, you can see the intervention. It's our Poster #45. You can view additional, similar posters here.
The poster says: Graduates accept free education and a free diploma so they earn $329,000 more than everybody else. Each diploma doubles the dollars."

 

Strategy #2

 

Reach Beyond the Bluster

For kids who are "wrapped in barbed wire," their apathy and harshness hiding a very gentle and vulnerable child, ask them to decide which they would rather have: "a bruised heart or a boxed heart?" This can be a very effective intervention strategy with students who are guarded and prickly due to negative experiences with adults who are supposed to be consistent, caring role models. A follow-up activity: have the student create art or poetry illustrating some of the phrases shown in quotes above. This activity is best done one-to-one, in small groups, or used by counselors and mental health professionals.


Strategy #3

 

Reality Wins All Arguments

While lots of youngsters complain about their circumstances, some kids complain a lot and often about where they ended up. Some of these youngsters have plenty of legitimate reasons to complain, and some of
them don't. Either way, you can encourage your discouraged complainers to "bloom where they're planted." This is a wonderful intervention for several populations. For example, this approach has worked well with foster kids who are not happy to be moving a new foster care placement. The lyrical phrases shown above work really well as the basis for illustrations by students. Poetry, essays, collages, and other creative activities can also produce some very inspiring, memorable results, and initiate the change you want to engender.

 

Strategy #4

 

Hey, It's Me Plus 25

If you work with youngsters so apathetic or discouraged that they can't really imagine ever having a positive future, or any future at all, ask them to write an email or letter to you as though 25 years have elapsed. In the letter, students can describe what happened to them since they last saw you. For non-writers, they can draw or make a video or audio recording instead of writing, or, you can write for them. Students can make blog entries if they prefer that to a simple letter or email. Here's a variation for students who really resist this strategy: Have them make the letter be about someone else, perhaps a friend or someone they admire or feel neutral about. Once the letter is complete, you will have indirectly learned a lot about the letter's creator, even though the document is ostensibly about a third party. For students, who say "they don't care," ask them to complete the task as if they did care (even though they say they don't care).

 

Strategy #5

 

You Choose

Put the following phrase on the board and ask students to discuss: "This strategy is especially useful for children and youth who hurt themselves, abuse substances, are in gangs, or self-endanger. For younger students and for some other youngsters, you may wish to change the phrase to be a bit gentler. You can use this phrasing instead: "The same power you have to hurt yourself, you have to help yourself." Emotions fuel behaviors. The more you can help students manage their emotions, the less those emotions will interfere with school and education.


Strategy #6

 

When Crime Doesn't Pay

For kids who plan to use illegal activities as their source of future income, you can have a lot of impact by pointing out some surprising realities of your local, state and federal laws. For example, depending on which laws they break, offenders can lose not only the money gained by illegal actions, but also their home, possessions, and vehicles. Under some federal laws, the homes and possessions of relatives and friends may be seized even if these items weren't directly involved in the commission of the crime. It's important to stay aware that illegal activities are not near as lucrative as your kids tell you. Auto theft generates about $18,000 per year, for example, less than what a typical high school grad earns. Even worse, the authorities can take anything related to the auto theft while no one can just take away the graduate's money.
 

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School Skills Training: Better Classroom Management Now

 

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School Skills Training:
Better Classroom Management Now

 


Breakthrough Classroom Management workshop instructorWe've been hearing that a lot from weary teachers who are crossing the country to come to our Seattle Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop. Many of them travel in search of better classroom management. I'm course instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

When lots of your students are disrespectful, defiant, angry, disinterested, and apathetic, we understand that you want help now, not in a couple months. While we can't pack all 200 interventions from our workshop into this issue, we're going to give you a few of our quickest, most innovative and effective classroom management improvement devices that you can use right now.

We always stress in our workshops that teachers should never assume that their class participants have any idea how to look, act, or sound like students– that teachers may need to teach that before expecting it. That's right. You need to transform kids into students before you are going to get the kind of behavior you need in your classroom.

We call this notion School Skills Training. School Skills Training techniques take untrained, unmotivated, uncooperative kids and helps them become skilled, motivated, cooperative students. You may find that this simple, do-able, time-efficient training approach will rapidly transform your kids and classroom.

Keep reading, and discover that better classroom management can start today.

 

Better Classroom Management Now


TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM
 

Improve Attendance and Punctuality


What You Miss Today Makes It Harder to Learn Tomorrow

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Attendance may be the single most important School Skill to teach. If students aren't in class, nothing else matters.

Years ago, parents routinely taught their offspring to regularly attend school. That is not as likely today. If parents aren't reliably teaching attendance, then you must.

Here's a sampling of the thousands of attendance-building teaching tools we have to offer.

This lesson plan and printable are called "What You Miss Today Makes It Harder to Learn Tomorrow." The intervention vividly and memorably convinces students of the importance of regularly coming to school.

It's just one of our endless supply of resources that teach attendance skills to students who are truant, frequently late, or missing part of the school day.

This lesson plan and worksheet are from our Turn On the
Turned-Off Student book (click).

 

TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM


Build Motivation and Enthusiasm for School


Even Rock Stars Gonna Need School

motivational worksheetSo many students believe that school is a waste. Fortunately, School Skills training gives you unexpected, innovative techniques to combat the
apathy and poor motivation that you see each day in your classroom.

You're going to really like how effectively this lesson plan and printable start to reverse student apathy.

The lesson is called "Even Rock Stars Gonna Need School." This intervention begins to debunk students' beliefs that they'll never need education because they're going to become rock stars, models, or sports stars. No single intervention can turnaround all the apathy and disinterest, but fortunately, we have thousands more you can use to finish the job.

The worksheet shows an injured star saying things like "I can't even balance my checkbook." Also shown: a rich, beautiful model is suddently disfigured by a huge mark on her face. A wealthy wife is suddenly widowed and broke. A rock star and others meet similar fates. You can ask your students to speculate what happens to all these people that makes school suddenly so very important and necessary.

You don't need to buy this student printable. You can make it, or use the information featured on the worksheet verbally. This lesson plan and worksheet are also from the Turn On the Turned-Off Student book (click).

 

TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM


Improve Negative Attitudes


I'm Not the Problem at School

student lesson plan lastch2bigpages_Page_2Students' negative attitudes can quickly create serious, chronic classroom management problems. While there are plenty of negative attitudes around, few resources exist to turn them around.

School Skill Training covers all aspects of being a successful student– even how to have a positive attitude about school.

Enlarge the pages for better viewing here.

This lesson and worksheet are called "I'm Not the Problem at School." This unusual lesson and
printable are designed to reverse students' negativity.

Of course, a single lesson can't accomplish all that at once, but hopefully this sample will get you off to a good start. If you need additional attitude adjustment tools, we may be the only place that can provide you with powerful, gets-the-job-done attitude adjustment resources.

This lesson plan and worksheet are from our Last Chance School Success Guide book (click).

 

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Motivate Wannabe Sports Stars to Stay & Work in School

 

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Motivate Wannabe
Sports Stars
to Stay & Work in School

 

course instructor Ruth Herman WellsHi, this is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm the instructor for Youth Change's Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers online workshop, and all the other courses offered by Youth Change. I have dozens and dozens of unexpected, knock-your-socks-off methods to motivate unmotivated students.

Here are some of my favorite, most powerful classroom management methods to motivate students who are just totally and resolutely unmotivated. These methods are perfect for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as special ed students, charter school pupils, and children in juvenile justice and treatment centers.

 

Best Methods to
Motivate Students Who Are Unmotivated

And Plan to be Sports Stars So They Won't Need School

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NFL"


sports star poster 169Many wannabe sports stars truly believe they will never need school or education. They're so certain that they're going to be pro athletes, not much reaches them to convince them otherwise.

For years, teachers and others have asked us for interventions that might convince these unmotivated students that they'll still need school and an education– whether they become sports stars or not.

Here is a brand new device that you can use verbally, or if you grab the intervention from our Facebook page, you can print it as a worksheet or poster.

Poster 169 (pictured above) says "Less than one in a million guys get into the NFL. There is that one guy and even he needs a diploma." That's right. NFL players need a high school diploma to get in. Shouldn't your students know that?

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm a Sports Star"


sports star motivational poster 170The motivational intervention may offer your wannabe sports stars information they didn't know.

You can use this intervention as a provocative mystery. It is also a sure-fire discussion-starter, or a captivating handout or motivational poster. It's Poster 170, but it's got so few words on it, you can quickly make your own if you prefer.

The intervention asks "What must every NBA, NFL, and MLB player have?" The answer is: a diploma. That answer may startle some of your unmotivated students. Some may actually become more interested in school.

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NBA"
 

motivating school poster 35So many students yearn to get into the NBA, that we couldn't leave out that sport. For years, one of our best-selling posters has been Poster #35, pictured here. It's the perfect device motivate students who find school unnecessary to their future status as an NBA sports star.

Here is the information shown on that poster; you can use the information verbally: "Only 1 in 150,000 guys gets into the NBA. This is that one guy and even he needs a diploma."

For a follow-up activity, have students research which offers the best odds: Winning the lottery, being struck by lightening, or getting into the NBA. In our workshops (click), we provide lots of strategies for helping unmotivated students understand that they will need education whether they make it as a sports star or not. Hopefully, you'll find that the methods to motivate students that we've offered here should give you some innovative, compelling strategies to start using today.

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You’ve Never Seen Student Motivational Strategies Like This Before

 

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You've Never Seen
Student Motivational Strategies Like This Before

 
 

 

motivational poster 284This issue is filled with brand new motivational strategies that you– our blog subscribers– are seeing before almost everyone else.

Plus, we have new online classes (with credit and hours) to help you solve student motivation problems before they start.

At right, you see Poster 284, another brand new motivational intervention. You can ask your students to create their own "Graduate Magazine" like the one shown here.
 

The Most Amazing Motivational Strategies

for the Most Unmotivated Students

 

It Slices! It Dices! It Graduates!

This intervention can be used in dozens of ways. It's a play on the type of glib, hard-to-forget slogans you hear in infomercials. It's a big hit at our workshops. Our inservice workshops are coming soon, so you can get more strategies like this one at that conference. If you have a bad budget, you can still attend because our blog subscribers can come for just $84, which is half-price. Click here for details.

Here's the motivational strategy– but remember this intervention works really well in lots of different ways– as a sign, poster, card, name tag, door hanger, t-shirt, or even as a note on your board.

Write on the sign, poster, or whatever modality you choose: "Ask me how to earn $329,000." (That is how much more students will earn if they get a high school dipoma.)

 

Motivation: the Movie

View our new, free video tutorials on motivating unmotivated students. (We also have longer online video classes on motivational strategies too.) These videos are packed with ideas to motivate students. These strategies are such big stars that they've got their own movies. This is such a quick, easy way to learn a lot of dynamic student motivational methods in a short time.

Even better, for now, these video tutorials are free. We hope you'll give our new movies great reviews.

 

You Have the Power

Here are some inspiring words to urge your students to finish school. These words could be on a poster on your wall, or they can be used verbally. These words are intended for use with students who are in crisis, using substances, self-destructive, or involved in self-harming behaviors.

Say: "The same power that you have to destroy yourself, you have to save yourself." The words are attributed to Les Paul, the legendary musician, who overcame enormous difficulty to reach his dreams. A good follow-up activity: ask students to read about Les Paul's determination.


It's Your Choice: Twice the Pain or Twice the Gain?

Hopefully you've already been teaching your students that being a high school dropout is like starting a race miles behind everyone else. As we've told you in past issues of this blog, dropouts are the last hired and the first fired. When economics are rough like right now, dropouts suffer disproportionately.

Here is just one example that makes a great motivational strategy. The higher the education level, the lower the unemployment rate. That may happen because grads have more education and skills to fall back on. How disproportionate does it get? Dropouts' unemployment is about twice that of peers who graduate– and just one more of a million reasons to finish school.

 

There's No "Q" in Classroom

This intervention would work best as a poster on your wall. Write "There's no QUIT in this classroom. How can I help you succeed?"

Next, dialogue with students about how you can assist them throughout this school year– even when they feel like quitting because a task is hard, or they are faced with other kinds of problems.

This is a perfect intervention for work refusers. Work refusers tend to be a very hot topic in our live workshops. We spend hours on them. If you can't attend a live inservice course with us, hopefully this intervention will help a bit.

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Back-to-School Strategies That Rule

 

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Back-to-School
Strategies That Rule

 
 

 

Back-to-School Strategies That Build Success


It's back-to-school time. This issue is filled with terrific back-to-school interventions to stop classroom management problems before they start.

Our new back-to-school ideas are crafted to work with elementary, middle and high school students, and are great for special ed students too.

The back-to-school interventions included in this issue work so much better than just re-stating the school and classroom rules. These lively devices actually teach kids how to be prepared, motivated students. Best of all, these intervention tools prevent classroom management problems before they ever start.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Motivation for School
WILL WORK FOR ELECTRICITY

back-to-school poster 149Poster 149, shown at right, can be used verbally, or put the message shown on the poster, on your laptop or tablet device.

You can add audio effects as well. This is a great intervention for elementary school students who may not read once you add the audio element.

 

 

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Motivation for School
STAY OR PAY

Teach students that dropouts can afford 1/2 the house, 1/2 the possessions, 1/2 the necessities, 1/2 the fun that grads can afford. Ask students if they would rather "Stay or Pay," meaning would they prefer to "stay" in school or "pay" forever for dropping out.

For elementary school students, use toy houses or paper houses to illustrate the concepts, and do the same for the other elements too. You can skip this addition for middle and high school students.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Appropriate Dress
WHAT NEVER TO WEAR TO SCHOOL

Stop hassling with students about their inappropriate attire. Instead of reminding your students about the rules, actually teach them the skills they need to comply with your standards.

Ask your class members to generate posters showing What Never to Wear to School, and be sure they include tiny skirts, teeny tank tops, slippers, pajama bottoms, and pants that are way to big.

Post their art work on the wall so it becomes a lasting, vivid, concrete reminder of your standards. For the rest of the school year, no student will ever be able to say "But, I didn't know we couldn't wear swim suits to class!"

Notice how this intervention can work even when parents don't teach their offspring about appropriate dress for school.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Discussion Skills
WHAT TO SAY WHEN…

Don't just expect students to figure out the nuances of being in a class discussion– teach them those skills instead. So, have the students devise responses to situations that they are likely to encounter in classroom discussions.

For example, have students identify and memorize what to say when…they don't know what to say; they don't want to participate; they don't understand the question, etc. Post their responses on the wall so students can use the information all year long.

You may be surprised how much bad behavior can be avoided using this simple intervention all school year.


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A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Appreciation for School
FIND OUT NOW WHAT YOU'LL LEARN LATER

Students often see school as a waste of time. Show them that school is actually their key to survival.

To potently convey how difficult life will be without an education, give each student a page of text that is written in a foreign language that is unfamiliar. Offer each student a terrific prize for explaining what the page says. This will really motivate your class members to read the document, but of course, none will be able to.

Let your students vent about being very frustrated, feeling angry and incapable of completing the task. After the students have finished venting, note that this experience is similar to what life may be like without education.

 

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Work Refusers: Strategies That Work

 

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Work Refusers:
Remedies That Work

 
 

 

professional development trainer Ruth Herman WellsI bet you know some work refusers. This is professional development trainer Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and this student is my specialty. I have dozens and dozens of strategies for you.

Our Live Expert Help (click the icon at bottom right on any website page, or call 1.800.545.5736) gets more requests for help with this child than almost any other.

These days, every teacher, every counselor, every social worker, every principal knows students who won't do their work. Some of these work refusers often fail to show up. When they do show up, they often say little, and some may be nearly mute. Some may not even make eye contact, or even look in your direction.

Typically, adults consider two options: pushing the child or backing off. All types of "pushing" can fail, whether rewards, consequences, pressure or logic are used. Backing off can't ever work because if you back off then you're not offering the child an education, or whatever your service is.

The world demands skills from every one of us. No exceptions are made for those who endured abuse or neglect, or have a good reason to seize up. We spend hours thoroughly covering work refusers in our workshop, and can't fit all that comprehensive, step-by-step guidance here, but we'll give you some key tips. Consider coming to our workshop if you want more than just the starters offered here. Learn more about our professional development workshops here. Start reading a few of our best insider tips and tricks for work refusers below.
 


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Strategies to Help Work Refusers

 

It's Pain, Not a Game

Many work refusers face enormous challenges from severe family problems like violence or verbal abuse, to challenges like disabilities and emotional disorders. Work refusal can appear to be a game, but especially with victimized youngsters, it's not a game at all. Getting "stuck" is the only way they know to survive. It can keep them safe at home, and that survival mechanism comes in with them every day.

Strategy:
Few kids will ever say "I was beaten last night so math seems irrelevant. Can I skip the exam?" For distressed kids who don't wish to disclose the nature of their distress, simply allow them to say whether it's a "good work day" or "bad work day." How much work could you do after a beating? Deeply appreciative of accommodations, most of these traumatized students will work very hard on the days that they're able to.


You're a Life Line

You may be the only sane, sober adult some students know– a fact that you may want to keep in mind.

Strategy:
If you're a teacher, then you may live with on-going "testing mania," and other big pressures to produce results at school. It can be hard to remember that humanity is always more important than scores. Forget the humanity, you won't get good scores. Remember the humanity, you'll maximize your humans and their scores.

 

Tiny Increments

Traumatized kids have so little energy left for school: Surviving the beatings, homelessness, or neglect can demand all the child's resources.

Strategy:
Raise expectations in tiny increments. If a student says your goals are too easy, that's just right. Aim for lots of small successes rather than a big failure followed by seizing up and absences.


Understand: Work Refusal Isn't the Real Problem

Look beyond the work refusal to improve it. Work refusal is almost always a symptom of a bigger problem. It is not the cause. It is not the problem. You can't cure problems by focusing on symptoms, which are merely manifestations of the problem. Symptoms like work refusal are not the cause, they are the result. Focus on just the refusal, you will never get improvement. Focus on the refusal AND the causes, you can get improvement.

Strategy: Ask students why they don't work. When many say "I don't know," reply: "If you did know, what would it be?" This off- beat method can yield important answers. Be ready to arrange help for the serious issues students cite.

 

Listen for What You Don't Hear

Consider this true story as a way to understand your potential impact on vulnerable children who refuse to work: "Mom hasn't moved in three days. I'm worried," the first grader said when asked why he wouldn't work. Tragically, upon investigation, the boy's Mom had passed without any adult knowing. Looking back, would you want to have taken the time to ask, or would you be satisfied that you had only focused on getting the work done? Playwright Harold Pinter, who died recently, once said "The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear." For shut-down, withdrawn work refusers, it is critical that you listen for "that which we don't hear."

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Oh Wow! Student Motivational Methods

 

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Oh Wow!

 

Student Motivational Methods

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

This is issue is packed with innovative, new student motivational methods that are just so surprisingly different and powerful that you will want to start using them immediately.

I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I'm the person that created these motivational methods for elementary, middle and high school students. I truly hope you find them to be effective and easy to use.

You can use the phrases and ideas that make up the motivational techniques as shown on the posters below. Alternatively, you can make your own versions of the posters, have your students do that, or purchase the posters here. Many of these posters are included as free handouts here if you want to go through our long page of free methods and techniques.

 

More Student Motivational Methods That Work
 

Breaking News! All Jobs Now Require a Diploma!

Motivational School PosterThis intervention is so surprising that even your co-workers may react with shock. It is such a potent device that it won't just jar your students– it may grab the attention of anyone who sees it– even adults.

As you can see from the picture at left, the poster proclaims that "All jobs now require a diploma." The small text at the bottom says "Think this poster is scary? Try life without a diploma."

The text at the bottom may be small but it may also be haunting. This intervention works as both a handout or wall poster, plus you could use this device verbally.

 


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Your Diploma: The Real Value Meal

motivational methodMany students are quite vocal about not wanting to work in fast food. They may be equally vocal about not wanting to do anything in school.

Here is a device that may propel students who disdain a career in fast food, to care a bit more about finishing school. This intervention and the next intervention below, will give you two new tools to transform students' dislike of working in fast food into renewed interest in school.

These devices will only work with students who dislike fast food jobs, and should only be used with that portion of your students.

This device can be used as a handout or poster and says: "Which Side of the Counter Do You Prefer? Get a Diploma, the Real-Value Meal."

This item is Poster 131.

 

Finish School and Super-Size Your Life

motivational poster 129Here is a second device for students who disdain a career in fast food.

Like the intervention above, it is meant to parlay students' dislike for fast food jobs into renewed interest in school.

Use this device as a handout or poster. It says: "Don't Want to Spend Your Life Flipping Burgers? Get a Diploma. Super-Size Your Life."

This item is Poster #129 if you prefer to purchase it.

 

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