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Friday, August 15, 2008

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips
By Reg Adkins

Student Motivation List

At this time of year many of our students have begun to loose focus, and interest begins to wane. As a result off-task behaviors begin to rise and classroom disruptions increase and we miss out on quite a bit of instructional time as we deal with these issues.

It may be helpful (especially with the males in your classroom) to take this opportunity to build into our instruction some items of high interest.

To that end, I am attaching to this message one of the surveys I provide students who have behavior challenges in an effort to find out some of their motivating factors. Feel free to add to, remove or modify the list as you see fit. Uses can be as simple as counting soccer balls instead of oranges during math class, or building the topics into your writing prompts.

Here is the list:

Airport tour

Animals

Architecture

Art

Auto mechanics

Auto dealerships

Backpacking

Barbecue party

Baseball

Basketball

Beaches

Bike/Hike Trail

Birds

Board games

Boating

Bowling

Buy a car, how to

Camping trip

Canoeing

Car wash

Career clinic

Cars

Cartoons

Castles

Cats

Cave exploring

Child care

Civil defense

College or University visit

Collections

Communications

Community service

Conservation project

Cooking

Court Session

Cruises

Cycling

Dance

Diet and nutrition

Disabled citizen assistance

Dogs

Dolls

Drug abuse/alcoholism

Emergency preparedness

Exercise

Fashion/design

Fire safety

First aid training

Fish

Fishing

Football

Gardening

Golf

Gothic

Government officials

Ham radio

Hiking

History, town

History, family trace

Horseback riding

Horseshoes

Hunter safety

Indians

Industry, local

Insects

Job interview skills

Jogging/running

Jumping rope

Jungles

Leadership skills

Lifesaving, swimming

Martial arts

Military

Model building

Morality, ethics

Motorcycles

Mountaineering

Movies

Music listening

Nature

Nature walks

Newsletter writing

Orienteering

Outdoor living

Part-time jobs

Photography

Physical fitness

Planetarium

Plants and wildlife

Plays produce

Playgrounds

Power station

Public speaking

Puzzles

Racing

Recycling

Rafting

Road rally

Rock climbing

Sailing

Saving money

Scholarships

Scuba

Senior citizen assistance

Skateboarding

Skating

Skiing

Slide show, plan a

Snorkeling

Soccer

Softball

Sports

Sports medicine

Sports safety

State capitol

Summer jobs

Television station

Tennis

Trains

Video games

Volleyball

Walking

Watercraft

Waterskiing

Weather bureau

Wilderness survival

Winter sports

Wolves

Woodcrafts

Other___________________________________

Let me know if you have any questions.

Reggie

Reg Adkins in a specialist in behaviors and emotional issues. He holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in educational administration. He is certified in numerous educational fields including exceptional student education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of faith based counseling with a high focus on human temperament analysis and counseling.

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