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Reward Refuseniks with Responsibility

Found in: motivating students; reluctant readers

One book that has given me amazing insights in working with students who refuse to do their work is The Angry Smile by Nicholas Long. I often get it out and re-read sections of it.

Another thing I try to do is ask for their help and give them things to do to help me. Sounds kind of backwards, as the students that are successful seem to deserve those jobs (taking things to the office, etc.) but they are not the ones that need the boost. Giving responsibility even when it does not seem deserved can sometimes produce just the opportunity to begin building a relationship.”


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