Although this article is based on interviews with hundreds of teenagers, we can assume many younger Title I students fit the same pattern. And what is that pattern? Most significant learning is usually not happening in the classroom. The obvious next step for schools to look at school curriculum and find the places that inspire and motivate students to learn. From the University of California - Los Angels Center for Mental Health comes this idea in equation form...
V x E = M
Value x Expectation = Motivation
Researchers used this equation to analyze lessons presented to the research group. There is so much more in this article. Please read and reflect on what your Title I students are seeking in the lessons you offer. Share your reflections in Comments.
Minds on Fire. Kathleen Cushman. December 2013/January 2014. ASCD Educational Leadership