How do you motivate your students to do their best? We're especially interested in your best tips for motivating students for MAP Growth. Please share your suggestions here.
I googled this question myself, looking for more ways to motivate students. We are a K-12 public school and test K-11 students. We do not have much trouble with the K-2 students, who usually try their best. For the older students, we have only a couple of strategies that we have tried. One is to make sure students are aware of their past progress, and their predicted growth. We found that this helps immensely with students who are naturally motivated, and they work hard to achieve their projected RIT score. This also encourages them intrinsically, which is what we really want.
We also have one teacher that gives a silly reward (such as a feather pen or curly pencil) that actually helps many try their best. (This was at the Middle School level.) It is an extrinsic reward, but encourages those students who are generally not motivated to do their best in anything.
Other than that, we struggle with at least half of all students that just don't care, or don't buy into the reward... I would be happy to hear what schools do to motivate high school students. As the NWEA coordinator I am also thinking of a motivator for the entire school, such as reward for the class in the spring that makes the most growth (average). Has anyone tried this? Any other suggestions?
As the mother of a high school student, I'm also interested in hearing these strategies. ;-) I happen to know Kristina Macbury knows a thing or two about High School buy-in, so I'd like to see what she has to add.
Hi all... well this is a GREAT time of the year to do just that: Winter Olympics! Establishing a culture of "personal best" is very difficult, like any culture takes time, consistency and celebration and with the Olympics just starting the time is PERFECT.
It is not a stretch for our high schoolers to make the connection between personal best and sports: everyone knows that every time Tucker West, Youngest Men's Luge athlete, gets on his sled he is attempting for his best time down that steep icy lane. His personal best. Bringing the message home that students need to do their personal best, so that we can give them our personal best take cultivating and lots of patience.
Of course the best way to help 9th graders be motivated to do their best on their MAP Assessment/any assessment, is to invest them in the goal setting process- give them accountability as well as autonomy, and let them see how you are using their scores to help them achieve their best. Transparent and collaborative conversations about planning, building lessons, how they will demonstrate their understanding while showing how the data is part of that process can be very powerful.
Oh and it helps to have the culture start early, in Kindergarten... then you are just reminding them:)
Kristina M. MacBury
Consultant, Professional Learning
ADDRESS 121 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209
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