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