Academic Motivation Tips

  • Encourage using school skills in real life – If your child is learning about money, have them be the banker for the family.  Have them count and pay for things and count change back everytime.  Talk about how important it is to learn what they are learning in the classroom as a follow-up. 
  • Help them fully explore their interests – If your child is interested in dinosaurs, take them to the dinosaur museum and regularly check out dinosaur books and videos at the library, find good dinosaur sites online. 
  • Share your own continuing education with them – Let them know what you are reading, share it with them when you take a class or learn a new skill.  Highlight the importance of always being open to learning.
  • Use descriptive and avoid evaluative praise – Descriptive praise focuses on a child’s effort, process, progress and details rather than their outcomes.  Descriptive praise helps to build intrinsic motivation for the task you are praising.  We have a youtube video that reviews this specifically  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn2Ddh16xIY.
  • Be involved in their education – Meet the teacher, attend school events and parent nights, check their homework, know their progress, voluteer in the classroom or tasks at home to benefit teachers.
  • Read to them everyday – This is sited by the Department of Education as the number one way to build later successful readers.  Being a good reader goes a long way towards academic motivation.
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