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Generic: Just because I know how to dosen't mean I will

Generic » Just because I know how to dosen't mean I will





PRACTITIONER:group practice and professional learning


Robert Rueda


2009, 10/16/2009


Equity Alliance at ASU


When I was growing up, I ended up bedridden for a period of time. After endless days of watching cartoons, I was bored. Thankfully, a friend’s mother brought over a box of books which had been sitting in the attic which she had just cleaned out. I picked it up, and for the first time, was interested in reading without being required to. While I had the skill and knowledge to read, I had no reason or interest to do so.This example illustrates a neglected aspect of schools. Currently there is a lot of attention to student learning – new interventions, new curricula, and increased assessment. Without minimizing the focus on learning or the need for accountability, it seems that a major “hole” in our approach is the relatively little attention we give to student motivation. Our first impulse is to assume that achievement is a knowledge or learning problem. But it is likely that at least some of the time these issues are a matter of students not wanting to do something.