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 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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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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Inspirational Apathy-Buster Strategies That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

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Inspirational
Apathy-Buster Strategies
That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

 

If you've got apathetic students, we've got fantastic strategies for them.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsThis is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., author of many books and posters for apathetic students. We have so many awesome strategies to turnaround apathy, that it's hard to pick just a few favorite interventions for this issue. I hope you enjoy the strategies I've picked out for you and your students.

 

INSPIRE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE STUDENTS

poster for apathetic studentsIt can be tough to inspire students who are "anti-self" but this creative intervention can be a good start. The quote on the worksheet has been attributed to the late Les Paul. It says "The same power you have to destroy yourself, you have to save yourself." You can use this device verbally; it can quickly start a productive discussion. You could also enlarge the worksheet into a poster.

Here is a wonderful alternative activity: Ask your students to research the life of Les Paul, who overcome many challenges to reach great heights as a musician and inventor.

You can order Poster #166 here.


INSPIRE UNMOTIVATED STUDENTS

motivational classroom posterThe little thumbnail picture at left does not adequately capture the special graphic effects on this worksheet. When viewed at full size, the word "DIPLOMA" appears more hidden in the background, creating a bit of a subliminal effect. When students realize that the background also contains the answer to the sentence featured on the poster, they may have an "Aha!" moment that you might not accomplish with a more straightforward approach.

This intervention hinges on the reality that each degree doubles the dollars that students earn. A high school diploma tends to generate about $329,000 more income for graduates compared to dropouts. This handout highlights that in a very memorable fashion.

If you read this worksheet to young students and non-readers, this intervention can work with almost everyone. This device will work best as a worksheet but you can also use the information verbally. If you prefer experiential approaches, use $329,000 in play money to make the activity more vivid.

You can have students use art supplies or computer design programs to make diplomas out of money, or order Poster 168 here.

 

INSPIRE HONESTY

You are going to love this enjoyable, potent activity that can reduce lying. While this device works with almost any age group, it won't be useful to use with the 11-14% of your class that may be conduct disordered. However, this terrific experiential activity can have a lot of impact on the balance of your students.

To conduct this activity, you need lots of big books, or other heavy objects. Dictionaries work really well. Before starting, remind students of the requirement for you to report any disclosures that include safety concerns.

To begin the activity, initiate a discussion of lying. Part way into the discussion, ask for a student to volunteer to help with a demonstration. Select a student who has already revealed a lot of past lies– but be sure to pick a youngster who revealed lies that are not serious, consequential, or personal. Do not select youngsters who reveal lies that are serious, intimate, or personal. Ask that student to briefly re-state the first lie. As they speak, hand them the first big book.

Ask the student to say their second lie, and hand them another book. Continue the process until the student is having great difficulty holding all the books, or until the student drops some books, or the student declines to continue.

Discuss with the class how lies weigh you down until they become impossible to carry. Thanks to special ed teacher, Chris Wells for this creative, fun device.

 

INSPIRE SAD STUDENTS

Students often face struggles that their teachers and counselors can only imagine. Many students don't disclose the nature of their distress, and that makes it very hard to intervene.

Here is a powerful intervention that can help you better understand what your students face. If you have non-writers, you can do the writing portion of this activity as each youngster dictates to you.

Ask students to capture their year as if they were writing a Twitter tweet, which is just 140 characters. Reducing a year to 140 characters may reveal information that could be more readily hidden in conversation. Once you know more about the child's world view, you will have a better idea how to reach and inspire them.

You can adapt this idea to Facebook by asking students to give a several sentence long status update summarizing their year. You may permit some students to use graphics or music instead of just words. Before using this intervention, be sure to remind students that if they reveal abusive situations, that you are required to take protective action.

This intervention is better suited for use by counselors; if you are not a counselor, consult with one before using the device.

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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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