Note from Dave: Per requests, registration for the current cohort will remain open all summer. In light of the unique motivational challenges presented by pandemic learning conditions, I will resume hosting weekly office hours in August 2020. Information for accessing these office hours is available inside the course. As a member of my district's learning acceleration team and a practicing classroom teacher, I am acquainted with the opportunities and obstacles of in-person, hybrid, and remote learning models.
Also: if you would like to inquire about a special rate to make the SMC available to your entire school or district, please email [email protected] I have provided this service with great success to large groups, and I am eager to do the same with you in a way that works with your unique situation.
Finally: if you are an individual experiencing financial hardship and are unable to receive school funding for your enrollment in this professional development course, please email me at [email protected] I'd love to help.
Teaching right beside you,
Are you tired of struggling to get kids to work hard? Do you dream of a classroom where students own their learning? Do you want kids to do work for the sake of the work, rather than for some extrinsic reward or consequence?
Good news: researchers have figured out what motivates students to do work with care -- and it’s simpler than you think.
In the Student Motivation Course, you will learn how a classroom teacher can leverage five key beliefs that students hold about themselves and about school. The result: lifelong learners.
Here's the gist:
What would it be like if, every time you asked your students to do something, they
A) all did it, and
B) did it with care, engagement, and effort?
How much more energy, peace, and fulfillment would you have? How much more of a difference would your work as an educator make?
Whether I'm talking to a colleague in my hallway or a group of teachers in a workshop on the other side of the country, there's one question we educators tend to have in common. This question transcends grade level, socioeconomic status, school type, and subject area. It's simply this:
How do we help all of our students care enough to do the work and do it as best they can?
I've spent the past five years of my teaching career reading, experimenting, and interviewing experts about what lies at the heart of student motivation. In the Student Motivation Course, I've put together what I hope to be a definitive answer to this problem, condensed into 35 bite-sized videos of 10 minutes or less. Below, I'll explain exactly how it works but the gist is that I get having a busy schedule -- as a classroom teacher, I have one, too. This is a PD made for working educators.
The course is built on the evidence-informed premise that, in order for our students to flourish long-term, they need to be motivated from the inside-out. Toward that goal, the Student Motivation Course explores the five key beliefs underlying student motivation:
In this online course, you’ll learn…
There's no other place in the world where I offer this in-depth, sustained, schedule-friendly PD on student motivation. There's no other place in the world where you'll connect with so many like-minded, like-hearted colleagues from around the globe, all wrestling with the same work.
But don't take my word for it. Here's what some of the 500+ Student Motivation Course alums have to say.
"I tell everyone about it whenever I have the chance. It is teacher-changing information."
- Norah Olig, Instructional Literacy Coach/Interventionist, WI
"This has been so incredibly beneficial to me as a first year teacher. In my brief conversations with others about the course and my interactions with students regarding the beliefs, I know this is career trajectory-altering."
- Sean Daigle, high school math teacher, Palm Springs, CA
"At a recent inservice, we visited with our small staff and I expressed how in the recent weeks, thinking about these five key beliefs has changed my attitude toward students and alleviated some of my ire. Unlike most inservices, these beliefs touched all teachers. Even the Pre-K teachers and coaches, who often feel as if inservices are not applicable to them, said that it made a difference and was greatly needed. "
- April Boatright, English/History teacher, Oklahoma
"The instructor deeply and extensively practices what he teaches. Dave leads us through evaluating and improving our credibility, then we all grow in belonging, effort, success/efficacy, and valuing through our ongoing study and interactions. The course provides an excellent venue for your growth whether you tend towards introversion or extroversion. This is the best PD model and method on the planet."
- John Reynolds, high school teacher, Granby, CO
"...practical, simple and logical ways to effectively alter the motivation of my students."
- Kelly Garinger, junior high English teacher, South Webster, OH
"The course and the community provided have been so useful in sifting through what I already know and do, supplementing that, and getting better at what I am already doing but not adding more tasks. This is more philosophical and developmental, which makes it so much more worthwhile than "the next best thing."
- Rose Sabo, continuation high school teacher, CA
"The well-paced course offers research-informed strategies, tools, and interventions that can be applied in the classroom immediately."
- Tom Windelinckx, high school teacher, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
"I learned a lot. Other teachers will as well!"
- Dr. Jania H., high school teacher, Dallas, TX
Here's how the course works
Hi there, I'm Dave Stuart Jr., the creator of the Student Motivation Course.
I'm a classroom teacher who has spent years reading, researching, and experimenting on the topic of student motivation. For thousands of hours, my burning question has been like yours: How do I get my students to do more work, with more care and less stress? This course is a culmination of that work.
Here is a bit about me:
I'm a husband and father, and I take these roles very seriously. (In other words, teaching is not my whole life.)
Over 35,000 people read my articles each month.
Over 10,000 educators in 25 different states have heard me speak about my work at various workshops, conferences, and keynotes.
My bestselling book, These 6 Things, is read by teaching teams and schools around the world.
I am animated by a simple belief: all students and teachers should flourish.
Who's the course for?
Since starting the Student Motivation Course, I've seen nearly 1000 educators from all kinds of settings all over the world engage with the course material. I've seen that the course can be for continuation school teachers in California, and urban middle school teachers in New York, and private school teachers in Cambodia, and school administrators in Colorado. Teachers across the acronyms and labels -- GT, IEP, "at-risk," Title 1 -- say with one voice: This course helps. (In fact, 100% of participants so far have said that they would recommend this course to a colleague.)
Listen: I've never been a principal, and I've only taught grades 6-12, so in the course I don't inauthentically share stories about how I "know from experience" that this applies to ed leadership or teacher preparation or teaching third grade.
In short, if you are an educator who wants to win the hearts and minds of students, then I think the course is going to equip you, encourage you, and give you the tools you need to do work you're proud of without driving yourself insane. If it doesn't, good news: we offer a 30-day, full-money-back guarantee for the course. If you put in a month and find that it doesn't help, send us an email at [email protected]
"I recently read an article in which the author wrote about "quake books" as a text that presents a person with breakthrough knowledge that changes his/her life forever. This course was a "quake course" for me. Before taking the course I had started learning about the 5 beliefs from your blog posts, but taking the course has helped me with the process of internalizing the beliefs - getting them to start moving from my head to my heart."
- Jamaica Reed, secondary teacher, Iowa
"Thanks for presenting your work in bitesize, applicable pieces that I can explore on my own time. You help make improving my teaching feel more possible. "
- Katie Fritz, high school English teacher, Minnesota
Why invest in this course?
The average registration for a teaching conference costs well over $200, and then you often need to arrange and/or pay for travel, and release time, and substitute teachers, and so on. Once the conference is over, you're encouraged, but you leave with only your notes and (if you're like me) a strong dose of cognitive overwhelm.
The Student Motivation Course, on the other hand, offers a competitive value:
The next cohort of the Student Motivation Course opens now until mi-June. Enroll and receive:
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P.S. It comes down to this: In this course, I'll teach you how to approach student motivation for the rest of your career.
This course was made by a busy teacher, for busy teachers. You and me are the kind of people who deeply believe in this work, but who are smart enough to know that we can't sacrifice our whole lives on the altar of teaching success. Sustainable work -- that's what we're after. Smarter, not harder.
The five key beliefs are the distillation of years of intensive research and classroom experimenting. In 35 bite-sized lessons, you'll walk away understanding these beliefs and making unique applications in your own setting. I am frequently amazed at what course alumni go on to do in their classrooms and schools.
Bottom line: This is the one course you need to understand how to help students do work with care.
May your work flourish long-term.