Cyndy Woods-Wilson asked: How can we "motivate" the unmotivated to learn something new? It's a great question, and is surely one often on the minds of educators everywhere. I especially liked how Cyndy put the word "motivate" in quotation marks, because it reflects what I learned during my 19 year community organizing career prior to becoming a teacher and which I shared in an excerpt from my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. that Education Week Teacher published earlier this year: One of the lessons community organizers learn is that you might be able to threaten, cajole, badger, or bribe someone ...


This week's question comes from Cyndy Woods-Wilson, who asks: How can we "motivate" the unmotivated to learn something new? This is a question that I'm sure has crossed many educators' minds. Please leave your responses to Cyndy's question in the comments section of this post. I'll share a few of them next Wednesday, where I'll also publish my response and ideas from invited guests. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve (including mine, Helping Students Motivate Themselves) published by Eye On Education. Thanks, Cyndy! You can send questions ...


This weekly "advice" column will be a place where educators can ask questions about K-12 classroom management, professional development, instructional strategies, English Language-learner instruction, school reform, and any other challenges facing teachers and administrators in their professional lives. I'll be providing answers, as well as responses from colleagues I invite from around the world and readers of this blog. Unlike some in the education world (and in other areas of our society), I'll be reluctant to prescribe solutions on topics that I know little or nothing about and, instead, will often be relying on other educators to share their thoughts ...


The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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