As we continue to explore ways to support our students to develop Achievement Motivation, I thought it may be helpful to share some tips for building this asset. What drives the young people you know to do their best? Whatever their reasons, remind them that when they try their best they can always feel good about the results, no matter what the grade. Also try this:
· In your home and family: Ask your child about what motivates her or him to succeed in school. Find out what challenges he or she faces and discuss ways to overcome them. Share any tips or advice you learned from your own school experience.
· In your neighborhood and community: When you say, “What’s new at school?” to young people in your neighborhood, focus on their interests instead of their grades.
· In your school or youth program: Discuss the following with young people: If your school or program awards letters for any subject or activity, what would you like yours to be in? Why?
I look forward to hearing from you as you engage in these conversations with your children.
Proud to be your principal,
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