How to Motivate Reluctant Learners

How to Motivate Reluctant Learners

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A how-to guide to motivate reluctant students and improve your teaching expertise. Available in 2 formats (full size and pocket PD).


While many motivational theories work well for students who are willing to at least play the game of school, they seldom address what to do about students who are completely uninterested in—or even out-and-out hostile to—classroom learning.

Here’s a how-to guide that gives you the steps you need to motivate these resistant students. Rather than suggesting elaborate reward systems or a never-ending scheme of creative tricks, Robyn R. Jackson draws from Principle 1 in her best-seller Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of Great Teaching to show you how to: 

  • Determine what investments you need students to make in your classroom
  • Shape your classroom to make it more likely that students will make those investments
  • Identify and address the reasons why students aren’t investing in your classroom
  • Invite students to invest in your classroom and sustain their investment over time

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Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching Series; is a how-to series that focuses on each of the seven principles of effective instruction introduced in our best-selling book Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of Great Teaching