Engaging the Disengaged Dr. Mary Amanda Graham Program Director Seattle University

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  • Engaging the DisengagedDr. Mary Amanda GrahamProgram Director Seattle University

  • Frustrations

    What challenges do you face with your disengaged students?

  • What the Student ThinksWhats important?

    What motivates?

  • Definition of Motivation

    Motivation-internal ActionDirection Engagement

    Motivation + Engagement=Learning

  • What Motivates YouWhat Engages YouWhy is it different for students

  • Why We Do Things EnjoymentRewarding

  • Why Do We Do Things Less Enjoyable

  • Students All Students are motivated by somethingAll Students can be engaged

  • Internal vs. External MotivationWhat are internal motivators at your schoolWhat are external motivators at your school

  • The Problem with the Candy BarIt is never enoughShort TermStudent losses interestGeared toward the motivated studentNot a real life transferable skill in many situations.

  • The Internally MotivatedEngagedSelf StartersComprehend MaterialsUses failure as a motivationCreativeEnjoys School High Level of Academic Achievement

  • Assumptions of Choice TheoryBasic NeedsQuality WorldBehavior has a Purpose

  • Implications of Choice Theory in School Basic Needs:Love and Belonging FreedomFunPowerSurvival

  • Love and Belonging Social over schoolAcceptanceBelonging in a groupCared aboutKnown on a personal levelProtecting self to fit inSeems Disinterested

  • Freedom Need for IndependenceDecision MakingRelatednessInvolvement in Own LearningPursuit of InterestsAutonomy

  • FunEngagementEnjoymentFunExcitement

  • PowerResponsibilityLeadershipAchievement

  • SurvivalSafetyBasic Needs (food, shelter, clothing, safe home)Risk Taking

  • How Are These Basic Needs Met for Students In Your school?

  • Quality World What does that mean?

    What does that mean in regards to School?

  • Group ActivityBrainstorm with the people at your table. Can you come up with 10 ways to meet students basic needs, as well as their needs specific to your school

  • Ideas To Foster The NeedsBecome a part of the students quality worldWork with teachers on the value of personal relationshipsBuy in from administrators on the role of counselorIn-service for teachers Assess Curriculum and MeaningSchool Environment

  • Ideas-Continued MentorshipPresencesLunchBefore Class ActivitiesA Systems Approach

  • Contact InfoDr. Mary Amanda Graham\Seattle Universitygrahamm@seattleu.edu

  • References Glasser, W. Counseling with Choice Theory: The New Reality Therapy

    Loyd, Byron D. (2005). The effects of reality therapy/choice theory principles on high school students' perception of needs satisfaction and behavioral change. International Journal of Reality Therapy, Vol 25(1), 2005, 5-9

    Wubbolding, R. (2000) Reality Therapy in the 21st Century.