Experienced teachers will tell you that when students are bored by the lessons they are teaching, problems will inevitably arise—especially in a classroom of at-risk students. Thankfully, there are many proven techniques for motivating and engaging students in a positive learning environment.
At The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, an accredited institution with online college degree programs, a stellar faculty of educators helps future and active teachers understand how to communicate, motivate, and teach at-risk students in K–12 classrooms.
The faculty’s deep understanding of managing at-risk students comes from their diverse experiences as scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, and innovators in quality education and online education degree programs.
Recent statistics help paint a disturbing picture of the fragile environments and learning obstacles experienced by at-risk students:
“Students need to be motivated in order to achieve success,” said Walden Program Director Karen Wiggins, PhD, EdD, EdS. Dr. Wiggins explained that motivation has three components:
“If students are to be capable of succeeding in school and are motivated to make a reasonable effort, they need to have a sense that they can have a reasonable effect on outcome and believe that things can change—they must have hope,” emphasized Dr. Wiggins.
Many amazing discoveries about the elasticity of the brain and how it functions, learns, grows, and changes have become an integral part of the curriculum at the Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden.
“Children perform better in school when they know their teachers believe intelligence is not set,” said Debbey Thomas, EdD, Walden faculty member and special education specialization coordinator. “’Growth mindset’ focuses on effort and motivates students to overcome challenging work. It also changes the student’s mind-set from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I CAN do this.’ We believe in their success.”
Learn more about Walden University’s accredited online education degree programs, which include bachelor’s programs, master’s and post-master’s programs, doctoral programs, certificate programs, and licensure and endorsement programs.
Walden University's online degree programs for educators will help you achieve your career goals while you earn your degree at a pace that fits your life and schedule.