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Leading underachieving

Are students not motivated in learning? What if they are not at the level of learning to communicate motivation? How do we support a learning environment to promote motivation?

Students who aren’t “motivated” according to their academic achievement levels are motivated, just not motivated to do what we want them to do. Recently, I walked the halls of a school and peered into classrooms to see a variety of levels of engagement and motivation.

The leader’s issues multiply by lack of consistency in teaching staff with several substitute teachers in place, International teachers in the area to relieve the teacher shortage, students at different learning levels, and finding staffing to support them.

Students are motivated to meet their needs. We can engage them in the classroom, but probably not the same way we can the students we find the easiest to teach. As the old saying goes, we all learn to beat at our drumbeat! Don’t give up try these first!

Leaders can advocate for good instructional practices, positive learning environments, policies to support them and focus on learners first. It is time to move past the ‘what if,’ ‘yeah but’ and ‘who else is doing it?’ Take charge of leading your school with the knowledge you have to recover, motivate and continue to grow.

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