It's important to remember that the reasons behind a student's lack of motivation can vary. This presentation identifies some of these reasons, providing profiles of each type of unmotivated student, research-based information and how to specifically address each type of problem.
Never mind the specific application this article has for a type of curriculum, because its application is much more far-reaching. When it comes to students who lack motivation, one important strategy, that of building upon students' existing knowledge, can tap powerfully into their interest and ramp up engagement. This article explains how.
This background building chart was found on an English language learner instructional blog, but is useful for any group of students you want to engage in the upcoming lesson. It provides a way for students to record what they know about a subject, what they would like to know, and afterward, what they learned.
When students do not see the value of a course or its content, it is not surprising that they often display a lack of motivation as a result. This article details 7 strategies for helping students to see the value and personal gain in your subject or lesson, which will hopefully bolster their engagement.
Every student is an individual, after all, and so different strategies may be needed to get different students motivated. And while this article is focused on employer-employee relationships, the application of motivation theory to the classroom is not a stretch.
This article explains some of the reasons students may lack motivation, and provides a helpful list of 10 ways parents can partner with teachers in raising levels of motivation. If you are looking to engage parents in your plan for motivating students, this may be the ticket.
This in-depth article from Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching details the types of motivation and their effects on learning style, then providing valuable strategies for motivating students and showing students the appeal of a subject.
We as teachers sometimes get so caught up in thinking about how the unmotivated student affects us--our teaching pace, our ability to engage, our test scores--that we forget there's a whole different perspective--that of the student. This article begins by defining the unmotivated student and the challenges posed, and then provides practical ideas for changing the cycle of failure.