In a couple of weeks I will be attending the 2010 Reaching At-Promise Students Association (RAPSA) conference in San Diego. It is a great place to connect with educators who have a passion for working with kids “on the fringe” and gathering new ideas for creating a learning environment that benefits all students (not to mention that it is in San Diego).
It is nice that the conference coincides with an incredibly busy time of year, where the number of behavioral referrals I deal with seems to spike. It is about this time that I begin searching for new ways to engage students and the conference is a great opportunity to renew my enthusiasm and connect with other educators.
While perusing Google Reader, about a week ago, I ran across this article in Education Week – Leader Talk, by Reggie Engebritson: Motivating the Unmotivated. It is a short read, but presents a critical message for those who work with students–create connections and give students the opportunity to make a positive difference. An excerpt from the article:
Once students experience success and feel that they can make a positive difference, they are more likely to tackle the responsibilities that they have avoided in the past – like school work.
In preparation for the RAPSA conference, I would love to get some ideas about how your school creates connections with students and how you provide students with opportunities to make a positive difference. Share away!