Supporting Children Who Are Struggling with Motivation during Virtual Learning

Last Updated: 12/17/2020 1:50 PM


 Supporting Children Who Are Struggling with Motivation during Virtual Learning:

Information for Parents and Guardians

The onset of the pandemic has affected so many dimensions of life. The unpredictability of the world, the disappointment of missed traditions and opportunities, the inability to celebrate milestones, and the overall isolation of this period of time has created many challenges for parents and guardians and for our children. 

It is not surprising, then, to see that some students are struggling with motivation, especially as it pertains to virtual learning. Many parents find themselves struggling to help their children to find motivation, as well. Oftentimes, the most obvious evidence of low motivation in students is low grades. The result of this dynamic can be frustration all around.

Below are some resources geared towards giving parents and guardians information and guidance towards helping their children with motivation, as well as discussing low grades with their children in the most constructive way possible.

As always, please remember that School Counselors, Student Assistance Counselors, and Case Managers are always here to help.


8 Tips to Help Your Child Focus and Stay Engaged During Distance Learning.

By Linda Carling, Ed.D. of Johns Hopkins School of Education


How to motivate students who are distance learning during COVID (article)

By Kristen DiCerbo, Khan Academy’s Chief Learning Officer


How to Help Your Child Get Motivated in School

By Danielle Cohen of The Child Mind Institute


8 Tips for Talking About Bad Grades

From the Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatrics Blog


Five Tips for Handling a Bad Report Card

Published by Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard’s Children’s Hospital


How to Motivate the Unmotivated Child

By James Lehman, MSW


How to Motivate a "Lazy" Teenager: ADHD Parenting Strategies

By Adam Price, Ph.D. via Attitude: Inside the ADHD Mind


Motivating the unmotivated student | Parenting

Content provided through College Board: Inspiring Minds