motivation

Minor Adjustments for Major Benefits: Using English to Teach Teens to Think

As I mentioned last month, teenagers need plenty of opportunities to think critically. We can meet this need by simply adjusting the approach used to cover required high school subjects. Last month we discussed history, so let’s take a look at what we can accomplish during four years of high school English. If it’s just …

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Motivating Your Teenager

Frequently, students are willing to complete academic assignments without too much protest until becoming teenagers. As the work becomes more demanding, it’s likely that earning good grades or pleasing parents isn’t a good enough reason to wade through all that’s required. Frustrated, parents may urge students on with the “good jobs require a good education” …

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Finding Success

Originally Published: January/February 2006 The one-size-fits-all approach to education emphasizes method. For a student to be successful, he must prove again and again that he can do assignments as they are set before him. Typically, that means plenty of handwriting—copying, taking notes, showing work in math, writing compositions, and so on. It means following oral …

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Is It Bribery?

What do we do when kids don’t want to learn what we’ve set before them? Threaten them? Punish them? That seems to be the traditional approach. If we negotiate a trade-do this for me and then you can [fill in with something they want to do] or I’ll help you do [ditto] is it a …

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