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? What greater things would your classroom amount to?
Whether I'm talking to a colleague in my hallway or a group of teachers in a PD workshop across the USA, there's one problem we educators tend to have in common. This problem 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 over 35 bite-sized videos of 10 minutes or less. I get the busy schedule thing -- as a classroom teacher, I have one.
This 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:
The ideas taught inside the Student Motivation Course form the foundational chapter of my book from Corwin Literacy, These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most. And, oh yeah, I almost forgot -- you get a signed copy of that book with your registration for the course, free of charge. The cost is already built in.
"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
"This is career trajectory-altering PD."
- Sean Daigle, high school math teacher, Palm Springs, 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
How the course works
As a bonus for this Summer 2018 offering of the Student Motivation Course, I'm also going to hold 7 weekly, live Q&As where I'll answer questions from course participants that have been submitted throughout the week. These live sessions will be recorded and stored in the course for you to access, whenever you'd like, for life -- just like all of the video lessons. (Assuming that our lives don't intersect with some kind of Internet apocalypse, that is.)
It's probably not a bad time to tell you a bit about me. Hi there, I'm Dave Stuart Jr., the creator of the Student Motivation Course. I’m a husband and dad who teaches high schoolers in a small town. I am animated by a simple belief: all students and teachers should flourish. I write about teaching at davestuartjr.com, and I've spoken to over 10,000 teachers about my work through keynotes and workshops at conferences and school-based events around the USA. Each month, over 35,000 people read my articles, and my bestselling book, These 6 Things, is read by teachers around the world.
Who's the course for?
Since starting the Student Motivation Course, I've received great questions like these: Who's the course for? Is this going to be relevant to elementary educators? How about principals, or teacher education professors?
Here's my answer: like all learning, the course is going to yield its greatest rewards to those who put the most in. It's likely, then, that since you're taking the time to read this, it could very yield key takeaways for you.
Listen: I've never been a principal, and I've only taught grades 6-12, so in the course I won't inauthentically share stories about how I know from experience that this applies to ed leadership or teacher preparation or teaching third grade. But:
In short, if you want this course to be for you, if the five beliefs I've been talking about resonate, 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, you only need to take advantage of the 30-day, full-money-back guarantee for the course. If you put in a month and find that it's not at all relevant to what you do, shoot me an email (dave_at_davestuartjr.com) -- easy as that.
"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 around $200, and then you typically need to arrange and/or pay for travel, and release time, and substitute teachers, and so on. Once the conference is over, you're often 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:
Limited Spots Available
This Summer 2018 offering of the course is only open to the first 350 registrants. Enroll now and, as a Summer 2018 participant, you will receive:
Psst... There's a cool bonus that comes with your registration!
In July, I'll be mailing you a signed copy of These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most. I can't wait to share it with you :)