Published on March 4, 2014
Batteries Not Included: How to Supercharge Your Child’s Motivation by Ann Dolin, M.Ed. www.ectutoring.com
What’s Fueling Our Anxiety? Worried about the future: 2005 UVA average incoming GPA 3.7 In 2013, UVA average incoming GPA 4.21 There is a trickle down effect to grades We swoop in, pay for grades, punish Relationships are defined by academics 2
What the Research Says 6.3 Million dollars 261 Schools in NYC, DC, Chicago, Dallas Paid students for: Report card grades Reading books Going to class Completing HW Standardized test scores 3
Why Carrots Sometimes Work Rewards Work for short-term, simple tasks Do not work for complex, long-term tasks 4
Establishing Expectations: Daily Use the “When, then” approach” “When you have studied for 20 minutes, then you can take the car up to the store.” “I’ll know your responsible when I see that you’ve completed your spelling. Then you can play outside.” Consider a formal agreement 5
Establishing Routines: Long-Term Younger: “When you’ve shown me your assignment notebook and completed HW, Mon-Thur, then you can go out with your friends”. Older: When you maintain a 3.0 GPA then you may have use of the family car. Bar should be set low to ensure success Put in writing 7
Consequences Use the SOS technique Schedule a time to meet Open the dialogue Set up accountability Avoid taking away activities such as sports or clubs Allow natural consequences to occur 8
Getting From Here to There Be realistic about expectations Success is the motivating factor No quick fixes 9
Make the Environment Ripe for Learning Routine for HW Place Time to Start Designated HW Time Launching Pad Clean Sweep www.ectutoring.com/ebooks Location can vary, not in bedroom No Tech Time 10
Limiting Distractions The myth of multi-tasking Music Never a good idea Computer Not good for retention Television Really task-switching In a public place Reduce open applications Phones FOMO Tech break 11
Communicating to Motivate Praise effort every turn Carol Dweck Notice your child’s strengths “I’ve noticed…” Mention them often Spend 15 minutes a day with the activity they like 12
Opportunity to Turn the Tables 80% of feedback students with ADHD receive in school is negative Opportunity to turn 80/20 around To be a coach, not a critic At home, boys shut down; girls fight with their moms 13
The Push & Pull of Academics “Do not sacrifice your parent/child relationship on the altar of academic performance.” Russell Barkley, PhD When in doubt, get outside help 14
Contact Info Contact Info Ann Dolin email@example.com www.ectutoring.com 703.934.8282 Thank you for attending! 15
"Batteries Not Included: How to Supercharge Your Child's Academic Motivation" at James Madison on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Warhawk Hall. The presentation
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