Every so often I receive an e-mail with a question from my readers. Today’s question was “How do you motivate students that give up easily (particularly in math)?” Below I have given you strategies, challenges and outcomes for that specific issue.
Student that gives up easily:
Tangible Educational Strategies
- Strategy 1: Have the student break the problem down into easier to understand parts. Have the student then solve the problem step by step, compounding as the student progresses towards the answer.
- Strategy 2: Tailor the problems towards the students learning mode (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and/or technological)
- Strategy 3: Give the student a physical representation of the problem (hopefully one that pertains to the student’s interests). Preferably color coded to help the student recognize what parts should be grouped together.
- Student’s attention span: Students that give up easily often have short attention spans. This will make spending prolonged time on an activity difficult.
- Student’s Emotional State: Students that give up easily often also have an underlying self-efficacy issue. This has to be lack of efficacy can lead a student to feel like no matter how hard they try they will fail.
- Student’s environment: In the modern classroom there are many different distractions. This can lead to an inability for a student to maintain focus. Sounds, smells and visual distractions can greatly hinder a student’s focus.
- Time Constraints: Accommodating individual students can often take a large amount of time. In the modern era of standardized testing and district initiatives many teachers find that they don’t have a plethora of time to devote to each student.
- Financial Constraints: Teachers do not always have access to a budget. This makes it difficult to get items that can become physical manifestation of the represented problem.
- Overtime the student should begin to display a higher efficacy in their own work. Resulting in prolonged attention and focus.
- Overtime the student should be able to assist other students that have the similar attention deficits.