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Posted on March 15, 2015 8:59 pm
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JuNuBy
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Teacher's Child Lacking Motivation
I have a teacher's child in my classroom this year. He is extremely smart and capable, however, has a very hard time getting anything done in the classroom. When I have conversations with his teacher mom, she does not seem concerned with this. If I send the work home with him, it does not get completed or returned. Our school has a strict policy on not taking away recess from students, and I have tried setting a time on his desk, walking by him and redirecting him often, and moving his desk closer to me. Nothing has worked. How can I push this child to his fullest potential and help his mother realize that he is very capable but lacks motivation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted September 29, 2015 12:17 am

WuGusa
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Sometimes would students are not motivated they are not been challenged enough in the classroom material so see if the student needs more challenging assignments. If this fails find ways to motivate the child and find ways to keep them engaged and the mother should understand the issue with her child since she is a teacher as well. If she gets upset about taking away recess you clearly need to say I can't show favoritism to your son and bend the rules just because you work here.
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neHaGy
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This is an great solution! i will definitely use this in my classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 6:24 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 15, 2015 9:22 pm

emazag
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Possible solution: Find something that motivates him. If he gets his work completed, let him be the line leader, a helper or some other job that me might like. Is there an activity that he is interested in? Not having the parent's support is very difficulty, especiall if the parent is a teacher. The mother is not concerned now, however, if the student does not complete the work, how will the parent react if the incomplete work affects the students grade?
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neHaGy
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This is an great solution! i will definitely use this in my classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 6:24 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 11:02 pm

zygudy
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I would make sure that the parent realizes that incomplete work and lack of practice learning the material will begin to affect the students grade. You need a system of consequences and rewards for this student. Give him something he wants when he does his work and a consequence when he doesn't. Make sure to pay close attention and reward him if he makes any progress toward completing his work at all. This may get things moving in the right direction for the student, when he sees that you are paying attention and recognizing his progress.
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eSyTyt
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Getting the parents involved is always a great solution.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 2:34 am

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Solution 4
Posted October 4, 2015 2:24 am

aPazat
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I had a student in my first internship that was very similar. He was a bright boy, but did not want to complete his work. His parents even spoke with the teacher because they did not know how to motivate him. The boy was only in the second grade. I found out from speaking to his parents that although they were very caring and concerned parents, they were a busy family. The student woke up at 5:30 am, attended before school care and after school care every day. He and his little brother did not get home until almost 7pm. His parents were tired at the end of the day and the boy was rushed to eat dinner, shower and go to bed. In my opinion, he was craving his parent's attention and was acting out to get any sort of attention even negative. I made an effort to spend time with the boy as much as possible, encouraging him to complete his work. I allowed him to eat lunch with me whenever he stayed on-task.
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Solution 5
Posted July 5, 2016 2:56 pm

buhyLu
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You can try a reward system. Once he reaches a certain point give him a reward for his work. You could also try giving he a more challenging assignment and see if that works. If nothing seems to help try sending him to a school counselor and maybe they can get to the bottom of lack of motivation.
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