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Posted on October 19, 2015 1:02 am
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uGaLaz
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Unmotivated Student
I have a student who refuses to take any type of assessment seriously, not to mention his lack of effort in the classroom daily. I have called home several times, he has seen the counselor, he has a BIP, but he still will not take a test seriously. He bubbles in answers or circles them and then lays his head down. No amount of prodding, bribing, encouragement has helped yet. What haven't I tried that might help? How do I motivate him?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 19, 2015 2:15 am

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Without knowing the age of the student or the grade level you teach, it would be difficult to distinguish why he is behaving this way. If you have the resources and time, it may be better to ask him a few questions verbally, marking or noting his responses. Perhaps he could take the assessment little by little. For example, if there are 50 questions, allow him to answer 10 a day for 5 days. Don't use the word assessment. Talk to many of his previous teachers and find things that they have tried that seemed to have worked. Find something he enjoys. For example, if he enjoys being on the computer, allow him to take the assessment on the computer. Or, once the assessment is completed, allow him to have free time on the computer.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed article.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:29 pm

uWuXyj
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I like this solution a lot because it not only lets the student have more options, but it also can help progress that student into one day being able to sit through an assessment because of the positive help he had when he was young.
  Posted on: October 16, 2016 3:24 pm

Kathy Allen
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I think it's a good idea to ask the student about what's going on and provide them with other options for testing.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 7:32 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 25, 2016 11:22 pm

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My suggestion would be to try and find a different form of assessment that might bring out this student's best. Even if we do not realize it a lot of students have anxiety when it comes to typical test taking situations. Doing essays, projects, or interviews might work better for this student.
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pyGyga
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I like that you included different assessment, because that may help the student complete assessments.
  Posted on: October 3, 2017 11:57 am

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Solution 3
Posted October 19, 2015 2:02 am

uNeNuD
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Hi,
I probably have more questions than solutions, but here are some things to think about: I am curious if the student is unresponsive to regular classroom activities and instruction. Does this occur only in testing situations, and if so, does the student appear anxious to tests? Has a FBA been completed, does the BIP need revising, and has a motivation inventory been completed on him? If any of these things have not been completed, I would start there. Is there an alternative way to assess the student? Have the student orally give answers, complete a performance assessment, or use existing work to make him successful on assessments to build his confidence.
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WubuLe
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I recognize that you stated that the student is unresponsive to the bubbling in of answers. I wonder have you attempted to assess this student in a different manner. I find that varying the assessment where the student may feel more comfortable and empowered with answering. I tend to have to work harder in cases such as these to explore what the student enjoys and use that to relate and connect to my skill I am teaching and assessing. This will hopefully engage the student and allow you to assess them using strategies that connect to the student's individual learning style and desire. However, this is not how the real world works. I would definitely wean the student off of this method as time continues.
  Posted on: October 19, 2015 2:49 am

Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed article.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:29 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 28, 2016 8:20 pm

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To help this student take assessments more seriously, I would try giving him the assessment orally. Have him simply talk to you about the answers. Having class incentives may help, too. For example, everyone who scores a B or above can have five extra minutes of Friday Free time. If he sees his peers reaping the benefits of their hard work it may motivate him.
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Solution 5
Posted October 12, 2016 2:52 pm

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It is important to get to the root of the problem. If you can find out what the problem is then you can work towards fixing it. See if he is motivated by using different forms of testing like on the computer or orally.
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Solution 6
Posted October 19, 2015 2:17 am

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You have said that no amount of prodding or bribing is working well i think it comes down getting held back or not. While i understand holding a studnet back should not be done lightly but that may be one of the only optinon with what it sounds like.Ask the administartion to make sure this can be done. Tell him and his parents that if he doesnt find some kind of motivation for assesments he might be held back or removed from class that his are in.
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Solution 7
Posted October 19, 2015 2:51 am

WubuLe
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You may want to make more connections to this students personal desires and then assess the student and relate the assessments with the information that is relative to the student. I find that motivation is already there we just have to find it and set it a flame.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed article.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:29 pm

ezyHes
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I like that you said maybe getting to know the student's PERSONAL desires. Building relationship is important.
  Posted on: March 5, 2016 4:19 am

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Solution 8
Posted March 3, 2016 1:40 am

uQaMeV
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Without knowing what age and grade the student is in you may want to try reading the assessments to him and allow him to verbally answer the questions.
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Solution 9
Posted July 8, 2016 6:34 pm

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Hi,
I think you could try to assess him in a different format to see which one fits him the best. I think that he may feel more interested if there was some short answer questions or if part of the test could be answered orally.
I was going to suggest a BIP at first but I see your have tried it already.
Good luck!
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Solution 10
Posted October 10, 2016 5:35 am

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If you have exhausted ever possible way of correcting this, then there's not much to do but to ignore him. I've learned that some students are desperate for attention, even if it is negative attention, they thrive on it. By ignoring him, he may see that his ploys for attention no longer work, and he may make a turn around for your attention.
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Solution 11
Posted October 12, 2016 6:46 pm

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Try connecting with the student, have them stay after class one day and have a genuine conversation with them. Ask about their life back home, what they like to do in their free time, and if anything is bothering them. From this information, you can tell whether or not they are healthy and/or need help.
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Solution 12
Posted February 23, 2018 9:19 pm

jaDehy
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Maybe have the student answer some verbal questions that deals with their interests to see what they like. Have them meet with the guidance counselor so that they can talk about why they don't like tests.
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