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Motivating Students in the Classroom by Alexandria Metcalf Cause i'm so smart.jpg [ edit ] Learning Targets After reading this article, upcoming teachers will have a background knowledge on the reasons for lack of motivation in the classroom. They will understand why and how this may lead to a student's decision to drop out of high school. They will also understand the negative consequences of a student's decision to leave high school without a diploma, on a personal and societal level. They will be able to recognize students who may need extra support and help in the classroom. Finally, readers will know how to motivate students better, which may increase the graduation rate in America. [ edit ] Introduction "Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks." - Johann Gottfried Von Herder ("Inspirational quotes," 2009)
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Regardless of the grade level, a teacher will come upon students who are more than willing to go above and beyond the classroom expectations. This teacher will also become acquainted with students lacking motivation. In a high school setting, it is extremely difficult to motivate students who lack work ethic due to the fact that they have most likely been "skimming the surface" throughout their entire educational career thus far. It is essential for these students to gain receive encouragement and direction in order to ensure that they will walk on graduation day. By ensuring the accomplishment of a diploma, these students are able to contribute to our society as a whole. In this article, we will discuss the reasons for a struggling student's laziness in the classroom and, more importantly, how to improve this student's attitude and progress. [ edit ] Studies In 2007, nearly 6.2 million students between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped out of high school in the United States. Of those who dropped out, a majority were males, Hispanics, and African Americans. Over a working lifetime, from ages 18-64, high school dropouts are estimated to earn $400,000 less than those who graduated from high school. For males, the lifetime earnings loss is as much as $485,000 and exceeds $500,000 in many large states. Due to these lower lifetime earnings, dropouts will contribute far less in federal, state, and local taxes than they will receive in cash benefits, in-kind transfers, and correctional costs. Over their lifetimes, this will impose a net fiscal burden on the rest of society. ("High school dropout," 2009) By reviewing these studies, the importance of a high school diploma is obvious. Without finishing high school on time, young adults are unlikely to return to school to earn a diploma later on in life. This means that college is out of the question. With no educational background, job opportunities are extremely limited. With only low-wage careers in sight, dropouts will contribute very little in taxes, both at a local and federal level, affecting society as a whole. Not only will high school dropouts struggle throughout
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their lifetimes, they will affect the United States in more ways than one.
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