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Snapshot: How many of your students are hibernators, students who have no clear goals for the future and put forth little effort during the school day? How many are dreamers, students who do have lofty plans for the future but take few practical steps to reach those goals? How many work hard in school, but don’t see the relevance of what they are studying for their world beyond school?
Motivation theories abound to explain the complicated and frustrating dance of avoidance, procrastination and indifference that too many of your students engage in during their critical school years. But as an educator, you don’t want painstaking research on motivation theories. You want simple principles you can use now to motivate students to do well in school–while there’s still time.
The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations in Portland, Maine has identified 3 guiding principles and 8 conditions that form the foundation of student aspiration. Dr. Michael J. Corso, the Quaglia Institute’s Director of Field Services, will discuss how to create a school environment that promotes students’ sense of self-worth, active engagement and sense of purpose, the core requirements for student aspiration.
Find out how you can use this framework to cultivate conditions in your school or district that motivate students to take charge of their lives:
1) Self worth
- Sense of Accomplishment
2) Active engagement
- Fun & excitement
- Curiosity & Creativity
- Spirit of Adventure
- Leadership & Responsibility
- Confidence to Take Action
Nationwide, more than 400,000 students in grades 6-12 have taken the Quaglia Institute’s “My Voice Survey”(distributed by Pearson) which gauges students’ feelings and beliefs about their school’s learning environment. The “My Voice Survey” results from across the country have helped the Institute to define and refine its principles for raising student aspiration. Sadly, results show that as students get older their sense of self-worth, engagement and connection with school decreases, with significant declines during and after the transition from middle school to high school.
Research about the Institute’s approach has been published in numerous scholarly journals and popular magazines.
Mickey’s presentation includes the Self-Scoring Inventory for Educators that helps teachers gauge how they are doing at fostering conditions that motivate students to do their best.
Other topics covered in this 90-minute presentation include:
- Taking a deeper look at belongingness in your school–“who belongs” and who doesn’t
- How to ensure your curriculum promotes curiosity and creativity
- How to use your school’s discipline policy to promote leadership and responsibility
- Five things guaranteed to “de-motivate” your students
- Case studies of schools that have boosted the motivation of their students