The Most Effective Motivational Method for K-12 Students

 

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The Most Effective Student Motivational Method

 

 

The Most Effective Motivational Method

motivate unmotivated studentsDo you have a guess at what might be the most effective motivational method to use with your unmotivated K-12 students? The truth is that one specific motivational device really outshines all the others. I am, of course, talking about money, money, money. The more students come to realize that the more they learn, the more they earn, the more students care about their education. This issue is devoted to giving you marvelous, truly more effective motivational methods for K-12 students. Hello from Youth Change Professional Development Workshops’ Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I sure hope that if you like some of these motivational methods, you will come to our April 19-20, 2018 Seattle Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop to get dozens more student motivational strategies, plus terrific techniques for work refusers, truants, bullies, defiant students, and all the rest of your most difficult and challenging youngsters.

A Diploma is Made of Moneymotivational methods

At right, you see one example of how to teach your students to care more about school and getting an education, Our Poster #168 literally shows students that diplomas are made of money. Ask your students to use conventional art supplies or a computer graphics program to make their interpretation of the concept that “a diploma is made of money.” You may wish to mention that “every diploma doubles the dollars” earned, and that “the more you learn, the more you earn.” Over the course of a typical student’s lifetime, a high school grad will earn $329,000 more than the high school dropout. Make that comparison come to life by bringing in play money to illustrate the dramatic difference that $329,000 will make. This activity can be a terrific, highly effective motivational method.

 

Where the Money Is

Do you think that your students know that the lowest paying college graduates still earn significantly more money than the average high school graduate? In fact, in 2015, Bloomberg News reported that the lowest paying college grads earn almost twice the annual income of high school graduates who only earn about $22,000. To make this concept come alive, here’s another effective motivational method: Ask students to craft budgets and to identify the differences in buying power between that $22,000 annual income and the $40,000 that the lowest paid college graduates earn. For example, have students compare the affordability for the two groups for cars, housing, vacations, purchasing and so on.

Follow the Money

The reality is that some areas of study lead to more money, a lot more money– and shouldn’t your students already know this? The ticket to Moneyville may start with STEM classes. According to Bloomberg News, STEM majors don’t just make more money at the start of the careers. If that wasn’t good enough, STEM majors make more throughout their careers than any other major. In fact, Bloomberg reports that only two non-STEM majors rank within the top 25 highest-earning majors. What are those two big exceptions? Economics and Business Economics, which are certainly close cousins to math, which of course, is the “M” in STEM. If a student says that he or she wants to earn a lot of money as an adult, then be sure that they know that the path to riches appears to begin and end in STEM coursework. To underscore this truth, have your students create art, posters or computer-based projects that illustrate that “the path to riches begins and ends in STEM.”

 

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Earning More Money is Elementary

effective motivational methodeffective motivation methodSince high school graduates earn more money than everybody who fails to finish school, the world really does belong to graduates, as pictured in our new Poster #653. Since high school grads typically earn $329,000 more per lifetime than their counterparts who drop out, that amount can be refined for each moment spent in school. So, right from the start, for elementary students in Grades 1-6, they can expect that the time spent in school and class equals about $27,500 for every year they attend elementary school. That breaks down to $3,048 per month, $152 per day, $25 per hour, $.42 per minute and $.006 per second of elementary school. See this illustrated further by looking at Poster #470 at right.

 

Earning More Money Isn’t Secondary

effective motivational methodSecondary level students also need to know that in a sense, the time they invest in middle and  high school will pay off for a lifetime. The time they spend in middle and high school is adding up to $329,000 more lifetime income compared to dropouts.  See Poster #439 at right to read the specific breakdown for high school students. If you want to see the numbers for middle school students, then check out Poster #469 which will show you the specific data for this age group. To underscore the power of these numbers, consider putting a countdown clock in your classroom that shows the amount of money students are “earning” right now by being in school. For math classes, students can repeat the calculations that result in the data pictured on our posters. Here is a final effective, motivational method: Students can be asked to make the calculations for Grades 1-12 if they wish to have a comprehensive look at how coming to school and graduating high school, will ultimately pay off big time.

 

 

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How to Motivate the Most Unmotivated Students Today

 

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How to Motivate
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motivational classroom posterThere are so many unmotivated students and yet, most teacher and counselor university training programs contain few courses that offer specific, practical, real-world motivational methods to effectively build motivation.

Even though they have been offered minimal motivational strategies, teachers and counselors are still expected to successfully perform their jobs despite their lack of vital tools. Facing dozens of unmotivated, apathetic, indifferent, failing students, today's teachers and counselors can feel like a pilot without a plane or a hairdresser without scissors. It's tough to successfully do your work without proper tools.

As a professional development trainer for the past two decades, I how to motivate studentshave amassed hundreds of the most innovative, up-to-date motivational strategies that exist for use with unmotivated K12 students. My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and "Motivation" is practically my middle name. I've spent my professional career creating and perfecting motivational strategies that are unexpected, compelling, intense and far more effective than what you are using now.

Did you notice the poster above? You can download a printable version of it free or purchase a pre-printed 11" x 17" version of Poster #323. In this issue, you're going to get lots of free motivational resources and strategies that you will find work so much better than whatever you are doing now.
 

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Poster #323 works when conventional motivational strategies fail because it takes an indirect approach. If you offer similar information verbally and more directly, the typical teen will fight it, ignore it or debate it. You can't question a poster on the wall. Instead, the poster nags, cajoles and reminds, eating away at the student's resistance over time.

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motivational posterHere's another effective motivational strategy that can be implemented verbally, but the visual version may have more power since it is on-going and verbiage is momentary.

This strategy teaches students that a high school diploma is worth $329,000 more lifetime income than a dropout earns. That's a powerful motivator that every K12 student should know.

To use this motivational tool with elementary students and children who have limited math skills, use piles of play money to illustrate the difference in income then ask the students which pile of money they would like to have for themselves. When students select the bigger pile, note that finishing school is the most likely route to the most money.

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dropout prevention resourcesHere's a student motivation strategy that just might be one of the most overwhelmingly persuasive and powerful strategies anywhere. You can use the facts pictured on Poster #311; you don't have to get the poster. If you would like to get the poster, you can get it as a free printable poster or as a pre-printed poster for $8. You can view this poster enlarged to better read the content.

Among the hard-to-forget facts that can stay with even your most resistant, hard-to-reach students: Dropouts earn $143 less per week than high school grads and are 4 times as likely to be unemployed. However, the total list of consequences will have more impact than a few selected hazards. The goal of this strategy is to overwhelm the unmotivated student's denial and make the consequences of dropping out hard to forget, and even harder to live through.

 

Motivational Strategy #4
 

classroom posterAt our live workshops, participants always ask for motivational methods that help students project into the future. Many teachers complain that their students feel the future is light-years away and thus, not relevant. We have hundreds of methods to powerfully demonstrate to students that the future is closer than they think, but Poster #330 offers a very graphic, concrete way to convey that to unmotivated students.

This poster shows a car mirror. The mirror has an inscription that says "The future is closer than you think."  To maximize the impact, you can print this inscription onto clear stickers and paste onto an old car mirror. Alternatively, you can create the image and inscription on your computer and display it on a screen. You can also offer the words verbally. If you prefer to buy Poster #330 it is $8, and printed on high gloss, medium weight poster paper.

 

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Literacy Motivation Methods to Master the Challenges of Common Core

 

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Literacy Motivation Methods That Help Teachers Master the Challenges of Common Core

 

Educating unmotivated students has always been a battle. Add Common Core Standards to the mix, and now teachers are under more pressure than ever to produce academic gains, a tough prospect with any student, an especially difficult achievement to accomplish with students who feel school, education and literacy are at best irrelevant, at worst unnecessary.

That's where our powerhouse motivational methods fit in. The more students can see the importance of school, education and literacy, the more they will soak up the academics they are offered. The reverse is equally true. the more students can't see the importance of school, education and literacy, the more they will absorb little of the academics they are offered. The bottom line: If you want even your most unmotivated students to satisfactorily achieve in the era of Common Core Standards, you are going to have to motivate them first.

keynote speakerI'm Youth Change Workshops Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I've spent my entire life developing more effective student motivational methods that can dramatically convey the importance of school and education. Systematically improving students' motivation is not specifically included in Common Core. Teachers who take it upon themselves to convince their students that education is incredibly important, will be the ones who most successfully help apathetic, bored, disinterested students to successfully measure up. If you want your students to be able to succeed in the Common Core era, then be sure to make it an additional standard for your classroom.

So, for all your students who believe that they are already adequately prepared to live independently, and don't need any more training or education before embarking on life on their own, here are some very creative ways to show students that literacy and education will be essential to their future.

All the motivational interventions included here focus on reading and use transportation to show students that the "King of the Road Reads." By linking education to something students care about– cars and driving– you "sell" the value of school and academics. If your students don't readily have the answers to these everyday adult situations, they may begin to realize that they don't "know it all already" and may actually need what school has to offer.
 

Literacy Motivation Strategies

The King of the Road Reads

Off the Road Again

Q: Explain what happens when you hydroplane and when you hit black ice. How do you try to still stay on the road?

A: When you hydroplane, your car floats on a sheet of water caused by rain on the road. Black ice is ice on the road that you may not be able to see. Black ice can be present before any evidence of icy or dangerous driving conditions is obvious– and can send you flying. Slow down and avoid turning your wheels abruptly. Perhaps people think about all those science classes that they skipped as they hydroplane off the road or fly through the air on black ice.

Do You Know the Way to San Jose Today?

Q: Can you name a good site on the internet or name a mobile phone app to get free directions to anywhere in the US? If you can, next, show how to use it by finding the way from where you are right now to San Jose. Part 2: Imagine you are in a location with no internet access. Show the route on a paper map.

A: For students who struggle to perform these tasks, suggest geography class could have helped.

Did You Know That Cars Can Swim?

Q: You're about to get a good deal on a used car. How can you tell if the car has been for a swim?

A: Sometimes that good deal means that the car has a soggy past. For example, after a flood, cars can be restored to look and smell okay, but may have hidden problems from time underwater. Use the internet to search a car's past and discover past collisions and even undersea adventures. You'll need the kind of computer skills that you learn at school.

Filling Up Can Drain You

Q: You put $30 of gas in your car's tank at a gas station. Later, you use your debit card for another purchase but the transaction won't go through. You know you had over $100 in your account. What happened?

A: You used your debit card to buy gas, inserting the card into the pump prior to the gas being dispensed. The gas station put a hold on $100 of your checking account funds to cover a potentially large gas purchase. If you wait to pay until the final gas total is known, you can avoid this problem. Practical knowledge like this often comes from what you learn at school.

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Insure It

Q: You total your car. You and the insurance company finalize the amount that you'll be paid for your car. Their check arrives but it's missing $250. What happened?

A: The $250 was your deductible– and notice the math and reading skills required here.

It's Classified

Q: You need to buy a car. Both online and print ads refer to "OAC," "AC," "4D" and "4WD." Can you translate these abbreviations?

A: OAC means "on approved credit," that if you are deemed worthy of credit, they will loan you money to buy a car. AC is air conditioning. 4D means four doors, but 4WD means four wheel drive. Look at all the reading skills that are needed for car buying.

In a Car, Upside Down

Q: You find a car to buy and decide to finance it. After you complete the purchase, you tell one of your friends who seems very upset that your loan is for 72 months. She says that you could end up "upside down." What is she talking about?

A: She means that your loan period is so long that the car will lose value faster than you are paying down your loan. She looks upset because if you have another accident, your insurance company would only give you the current value on the car, meaning that you could still owe more on your loan after the insurance company pays you. Even worse, you could have to buy another car while continuing to pay off the non-functioning car too. Notice all the reading and math skills it takes just to keep up with the conversation, never mind live through the situation. Can you imagine trying to manage this situation without having learned math and reading at school?

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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.

Hi everyone. I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm the Director of Youth Change Workshops. We hope that you think our all-new professional development website really is easy to use, and packed with the behavior and classroom management strategies you need to turnaround defiant, K-12 Speaker Ruth Wellsdepressed, traumatized, delinquent, homeless and struggling children and teens.

We are hoping you will help us celebrate the re-launch of our site by downloading four of our most popular school and classroom behavior posters free. The details are just below so click or scroll down.
 


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Our Most Amazing Motivational Strategies For Your Most Unmotivated Students

 

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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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Dynamic, Do-Now Devices to Deter Dropouts

 

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Dynamic, Do-Now
Devices to
Deter Dropouts

 


 

"Dropout Rate Getting Worse." The news coverage revealed that in many states, the dropout rate is worsening. Nationally, the average dropout rate has been about 75% but lately, in some states, as many as a third of students leave school without a diploma. (The Oregonian, 1-27-2012.) That is a lot of lost students at a time when no diploma can mean no job. Fortunately, in this issue, we've got some real eye-opening devices you can use right now to deter dropping out.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman Wells I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops. These dynamic dropout prevention 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.


Teach Potential Dropouts School Pays

Dropout Prevention PosterThis dropout prevention intervention gives potential dropouts a fact that all students should know from Day 1 of kindergarten. All students need to know that school and education deliver dollars. Look at our Poster #168.  You can view additional, similar posters here. The poster says: "Ask me how to earn  $329,000." The answer is hidden in the background; it's the word "diploma" and it's made of money. $329,000 is the amount of  additional income that high school graduates earn in their lives compared to peers who drop out. Use this poster as a discussion-starter by discussing with your students that "diplomas are made of money."


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Teach Potential Dropouts Dropping Out = Doing Without

Ask students to imagine they had to give up 1/3 of their home. Ask them to choose which rooms they would be willing to give up. Let students make jokes about what it would be like living without a bathroom or kitchen, for example, and help the participants to ultimately determine that they would prefer to not give up any rooms in their home. At some point, one of your students will ask "What is the point of the discussion?" You can answer: "Dropouts can typically afford about 2/3 of a home. If you don't want to live without a bathroom or kitchen, consider staying in school." For a follow-up intervention, write on the board then discuss: "Dropping Out = Doing Without."


Teach Potential Dropouts Dropping Out is No Joke

It is important to use a huge array of intervention styles if you are going to successfully maximize your outreach and impact as many potential dropouts as possible. That's why we offer you an arsenal of different types of interventions. Humor often can sometimes reach students who are unaffected by conventional interventions. Here is a quick joke that shows dropping out is no joke: "Students often make fun of peers who do well in school. What do you call a nerd in five years? Answer: Boss."


If you want a follow-up intervention, discuss: "Dropping Out is No Joke," and assist your participants to identify some of the most unfunny realities that dropouts may face in the future. Be sure to include speculation on what unfunny realities could actually happen in the future that we don't know about now. For example, perhaps restaurants will use tablet  computers for diners to place their orders, eliminating the need for waiters and waitresses.

 

Teach Potential Dropouts Find Out Now What You'll Learn Later

Write the following sentence on the board: "Bila kuangalia hili hadi mahali popote, kama unaweza kutafsiri sentensi hii kwa usahihi, Mimi nitakupa $ 20" then ask students to tell you what it means. When students get frustrated, point out that this is what life is often like for dropouts because they learn less than everyone else who stays in school long enough to graduate. Discuss with the class that dropping out now leaves you vulnerable later.

The sentence says in Swahili: "Without looking this up anywhere, if you can translate this sentence correctly, I will give you $20." After sharing the translation, ask students what else people can miss when they lack basic  survival tools.

For an effective, additional follow-up, use the next intervention, shown below.


Teach Potential Dropouts Can You Speak the Language of High Tech Planet?

This activity is the perfect follow-up for the preceding intervention, shown directly above. This strategy tests students ability to speak the language they will need on our high tech planet. Ask students to translate these high tech terms that will be needed for employment and daily life: ISM, SSL, spoofing, protocol, PDF. After discussing the answers with students, help your participants determine if they are ready now to speak the language on our high tech planet, or if they need to stay in school longer.

Here are the answers: ISM is an Information Systems Manager, and a very fast-growing job, as well as the person you need to help you with problems with your computer and internet connection. SSL is the abbreviation used to denote a secure internet connection that protects your credit card number from being stolen. Spoofing means being tricked on the internet, usually by a bogus email that appears to be from your bank or credit card company. Protocol is the specific set of communication rules that govern computer use, like FTP for uploading files, and http for creating websites. PDF is an abbreviation for the type of file that is the most common way to
share documents on the internet, including resumes and job applications.

 

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The More You Learn The More You Earn: Motivational Methods That Teach Diplomas Deliver Dollars

 

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The More You Learn
The More You Earn:
Motivational Methods That Teach
Diplomas Deliver Dollars

 

workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsIn our down economy, it's now more true than ever: The more you learn, the more you earn. Your students need to know that now, rather than live out the reality of life in a rough economy without thatmagic piece of paper. More than ever before, a diploma is ticket of admission to this new millennium.

I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops. I know that you are going to love these unexpected, attention-grabbing, motivational methods. We designed them to work when conventional approaches fail, and to convince even your most resolutely unmotivated students that without education, they can't even make it through the morning.
 

Exciting, New Motivational Methods

TEACH DIPLOMA = DOLLARS

motivational poster 163This first intervention is so unusual and unexpected, that it can impact students when conventional methods fail. You can use this method verbally, as a poster, as a discussion starter, or as an activity. At left, you can see the intervention as a poster; it is Poster #163. It says:

Cap? Check.
Gown? Check.
High School Diploma? Check.
Pay Check? Check.
Every diploma is worth $329,000 more pay.

 

TEACH NO DIPLOMA = NO DOLLARS

This next intervention works especially well with students who are unaffected by conventional motivational methods. We suspect that the reason that this stramotivating poster #4tegy is so effective is because it is a bit confusing at first. Students can't fight or resist information they don't yet understand– which is exactly why this strategy is so useful with very oppositional and negative students.

If some of your students can't discern the answer on their own,
engage other students to help them. This intervention works best as a discussion starter, but you can also use the intervention as verbiage or as a poster. At right is our Poster #4. The poster shows a picture of a diploma, and the caption says:

A piece of paper.
Your meal ticket.
What do you see?
Not sure?
Don't take a lifetime to figure it out.

 

TEACH DIPLOMA = DOLLARS

motivational posterThis next intervention has endless variations.
The best, most powerful way to use this
strategy is to post this message on your wall.
The message is from Poster #128, and says" All Jobs Now Require a Diploma." Can you imagine the reaction you get when you post this poster in your classroom?

Let students express their dismay then call their attention to the tiny print at the bottom. That small print reads "Think this poster is scary? Try life without a diploma." This strategy packs a punch, but you can alter the approach to be almost anything your imagination can conjure
up. For example, "All Jobs Now Require Math…Computer Skills…
Writing Skills." Those versions and many more are in our Posters area.
 

TEACH NO DIPLOMA = NO DOLLARS

Some students may believe they have ways to avoid needing a diploma. Welfare is often cited as a way to survive without education. Here's what these students need to know: Welfare still exists, but just barely, and it's days may be numbered entirely as the economy necessitates more cuts to government services. Share these facts: The number of people receiving welfare has been slashed by a staggering 50%. The time you can be on welfare is shrinking even faster. The amount of money you can receive is getting smaller. Some states have cut welfare by an amazing 90%. Illustrate these facts to students using play money. A good follow-up activity: invite local welfare officials to discuss with your class if welfare will definitely exist throughout students' expected lifetimes. Also discuss with students: How will you function without welfare and without a diploma and education? Also, ask students to name jobs they could do without a diploma or education, and to consider if those jobs will even exist.

 

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School Skills Training 101 How to Be a Student: The Most Important Class That Schools Never Offer

 

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School Skills Training 101
How to Be a Student:
The Most Important Class
That Schools Never Offer

 


workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsThere could almost be a sign hanging on the front door of your school: "Students Wanted: No Training Provided."

I'm Youth Change Workshop's Director, Ruth Herman Wells. As a staff trainer who has led professional development workshops in every corner of North America, I have to say that very few school districts have a formal plan to train kids to become successful students. Years ago, parents routinely taught their offspring to look, act, and sound like students. Now, many families can't or won't give their children the motivation, attitudes, and specific School Skills they need to succeed in school. For all the research, fads, opinions, debates, and testing, this is the elephant in the classroom– that School Behavior Skills are universally expected but seldom taught.

It doesn't take years of research to determine that it is probably completely unrealistic to expect children to perform tasks they've never been taught. Schools expect a wide range of skills from students, from attendance and punctuality to recognizing the value of education, from showing respect for the teacher to wearing appropriate attire, from chair-sitting skills to homework management skills, and from class discussion skills to interacting with peers.

Can you imagine what would happen if schools expected students to know academic skills that were never taught? A plan like that could only end in disaster– but everyday, teachers expect children to use School Skills that they were never taught. Unsurprisingly, many youngsters fail to perform these untaught skills, and that is a big part of why there are so many  serious, persistent behavior problems in today's schools. Having never been taught essential School Skills, it is inevitable that violence, bullying, work refusal, tardiness, dropping out, truancy, disrespect, and misconduct dominate many classrooms and campuses.

If schools did teach kids School Skills, what would it look like? Below is a quick glimpse of School Skills Training 101: How to Be a Student, the most important class that schools never offer.


Teach
School Skills
BEHAVIORS

Have you ever stopped to consider the massive number of skills kids are expected to have in order to become successful students? They must arrive on time, hear the homework assignment, bring required school supplies, raise their hands to be called on, maintain focus, and take tests and quizzes. That long list is just a fraction of the key skills students need to succeed, so you may wonder where do you begin to train kids to be students. You can start anywhere you want. Whether talk-outs or  disrespect or tardiness is your top concern, it's fine to start there. Ideally, there would be a formal game plan for Pre-K through Grade 12, so the training would be more systematic, but in the meantime, start with whatever skills are most critical to you to successfully teach. Here is an example of one school district's Pre-K through Grade 12 School Skills Training Curriculum plan.
 

 

Teach
School Skills
MOTIVATION


Whenever I train teachers and principals, there often seems to be a bit of a sense of resignation about the apathy and disinterest many students evidence, almost a "there's nothing that can be done" reaction. While most educators may never have been offered extensive training to discover effective strategies to motivate very unmotivated students, powerful, compelling interventions do exist to turnaround the rampant apathy and disinterest. Stop and think about how different your students might be if they saw the tremendous value of education. Motivation– or the lack of– underlies almost everything you attempt to accomplish with students. Talking alone probably won't improve the problem. You must choose interventions that are lively and so attention-grabbing that they can compete with cell phones, video games, TV, movies, and all the other contemporary attractions that vie for your students' attention. Our posters give you an instant look at our lively motivational methods.


Teach
School Skills
ATTITUDE

motivational poster 143Just as many educators appear resigned to their students' lack of motivation, many also seem resigned to the negative attitudes that are
equally common. Like motivation, students' attitudes color every activity you attempt to do with them. Like motivation, if the students' attitudes were improved, that improvement would have positive impact on all aspects of education because the youngsters would be so transformed. Despite the huge impact of students' attitudes, few schools have any formal plan to address the negativity, and few educators have received any practical training to learn specific strategies to engender more positive outlooks. That omission from educator training is truly discouraging, because so many forceful, effective intervention strategies exist to help students have more positive attitudes about school and education. Yes, bad attitudes may be commonplace now, but they don't have to be commonplace tomorrow. Pictured above is just one intervention (Poster #143) from our collection of hundreds. These potent, unexpected strategies are especially designed to work with resistant, oppositional students, and to work when more conventional methods would fail. Obviously, no single intervention will reverse the negativity, but this sample strategy does provide a great example of the powerful attitude adjustment methods that exist but unfortunately, may not be in wide use.

 

Teach
School Skills
HOW AND WHEN TO TEACH

Studies suggest that the typical teacher loses 22 minutes per hour to on-demand behavior management. That is a loss of several hours per day. School Skills Training instruction requires just minutes per day but can give you back so many of those lost 22 minutes per class period in return. Some teachers set aside a block of time each day, others take just 5 minutes at the start of each class. It doesn't matter how you structure the training, so long as you offer the training pro-actively. No longer are you vulnerable to students' misbehavior because you have thoroughly and systematically taught your youngsters to look, act, and sound like students. They can become veterans at managing the behaviors, attitudes, and motivation they've previously struggled with. It's your choice: You can continue to work with untrained, unmotivated students who evidence bad attitudes, or you can turn all that around with School Skills Training, and as an added bonus start to love your job again.

The U.S. education system is perpetually stuck, darting from trend to trend, while enmeshed in unhealthy, distracting politics and high-stakes testing. A common sense, real-world approach like School Skills Training could solve a lot of what's wrong with K-12 education, but since School Skills Training can't be described in a quick sound bite, isn't a new educational fad, isn't politically connected, and has nothing to do with testing, it probably doesn't have much of a chance of ever gaining widespread national notice. That shouldn't stop you from using School Skills Training to transform your classroom and school.

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Extra-Strength Attitude-Adjusters That Inspire and Transform Student Attitudes

 

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Extra-Strength
Attitude-Adjusters
That Inspire and Transform Student Attitudes

 

 

Check out these awesome devices to improve even the most negative student's attitude. You don't have to put up with bad student attitudes anymore because we have awesome classroom management devices that will help.
 

STUDENT ATTITUDE ADJUSTER

attitude poster 226"I'd Rather Be in the Bathroom"
 

Doesn't it frustrate you when students spend class time in the
bathroom?

Here is an unexpected way to improve that reality. This technique is so unusual, it may catch students off-balance, and accomplish more than conventional
approaches ever could.

Post this device on the wall, or make your own. It looks a bit
like a sign showing where the bathroom is. Students will be laughing when they read it. While they're laughing, they can't be oppositional so the message on the poster may have impact.

Order Poster #226 here if you'd rather buy it than make your own version of it.

 

STUDENT ATTITUDE ADJUSTER


"I Don't Care About Anything"
 

school poster 237It's so hard to inspire discouraged
students, but what if "The Universe" reached out directly to
turnaround these youngsters? This attention-grabbing intervention can be implemented in many ways, but perhaps the most effective way is to make a card or note that resembles Poster #237, shown at
right, and give it to your discouraged students. You can add personalized text if you wish.

This intervention can also be done verbally, or you could record the message. If you do use a recording, you can add sci-fi sound effects to make this strategy even more humorous and light.

Be sure to keep this activity light and don't let it get upsetting. Check with a mental health counselor for guidance if you aren't sure you can keep it fun, and take no risks using this device with vulnerable, upset, troubled or younger  students.

A good follow-up activity is to ask the student to make a list of all the good things "The Universe" might have in store for them if they were open to the possibilities. To order Poster #237, click here.

 

ATTITUDE ADJUSTER for ADULTS


"This is a Rough Time to Be a Teacher or
Counselor"
 

There is a tiny, little-known winery hidden on the Oregon coast. Inside, there are all the usual amenities one might expect to find in a winery, but instead of attempting to get you to open your wallet to buy wine, the owner attempts to get you to open your wallet to donate to orphaned children in Calcutta.

Where you might expect to see wine lists, you find  inspiration. In today's rough economy, it's understandable
that educators and counselors struggle to stay positive. You will be more effective evoking positive attitudes from your students if you are able to stay positive yourself.

All around the winery, there are pretty paper cards that should advertise the vineyard's newest bottles. Instead the cards feature a poem that the winery owner found on the wall of Mother Theresa's children's home in Calucutta. These inspirational words probably weren't written with teachers and youth workers in mind, but they could have been. An edited excerpt from the poem "Anyway" is below.

ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered
LOVE THEM ANYWAY

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
DO GOOD ANYWAY

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies
SUCCEED ANYWAY

The good you do may be forgotten tomorrow
DO GOOD ANYWAY

People really need help but may attack you if you help them
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth
GIVE THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY

Adapted from a card published by the Anyway Foundation.

Please consider visiting their site or donating.

 

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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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