That sounds like the title of a new children’s book doesn’t it? I’m hoping the third grade teacher who also said, “…if he was a predator, he wouldn’t make it,” writes the book. We could read it on one of our parent nights and share it bibliotherapeutically with certain students and their families. She put forth these comments in keeping with her sense of humor (the best way to survive teaching in the trenches: keep smiling). Until that book is published, there are a few could articles we can look to for some advice:
The most intriguing & inexpensive answer I found is in The GROWLS: Motivating Kids, Students, & Employees Without Bribes written by a pastor, professor, and parent. The premise here is that every human being has six natural needs just “growling” to be fed. In this 41-page e-book, Dr. Chromey discusses 6 needs and reveals how a positive environment, rich in: GRACE, RELATIONSHIPS, OWNERSHIP, WORTH, LAUGHTER, & SAFETY/SECURITY will eliminate misbehavior, boredom, apathy, and absenteeism.
There are also an abundance of scholarly texts on the subject. Before we put together a list of resources that we will ask our principal to buy as resources, I would love to hear from others, what books have been the most powerful sources of insight? As interesting as some of these look, they range in price from $20 – $70+ and there are over 50 to choose from on Amazon.com (search for “motivating students”).