Uninteresting but Important

According to Tony Robbins, “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” This type of motivational quote resonates well with me. Does it also resonate with students who have struggled academically for a number of years? What if there is less support at home than I received?

While we work hard to engage, gamify, or make lessons relevant to our kids, a recent article of Mind/Shift notes another side to being a learner. “Students go to school not just to learn specific facts … They’re learning how to learn, how to practice self-discipline and motivate themselves through frustrating roadblocks, and thus are preparing for adulthood. That’s important even if it isn’t always fascinating.” The simple fact is not every lesson interests every student.

Well-times stories of effort paying off sometimes make a difference when the going gets tough, so why not use some stories like those on A Gift of Inspiration? I find that when I read through stories of effort, I connect better with some than with others. Does anyone have additional resources for stories like these?


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