Presented by Jeanette Salinas
Date, Time, Cost
Thursday, December 13, 2018
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Understanding a child’s social and emotional development supports educators and other experts to unpack the elements of motivation that are integral to success in the classroom. There are several factors that contribute to one’s motivation, like previous school experiences, attachment, trauma, as well as other factors. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 suffer from mental illness and only 1 in 5 of those children who suffer from mental, emotional, or behavioral problems receive treatment. Half of those children will end up dropping out of high school. While those numbers are daunting, there are ways to motivate gifted+ children. According to 40 years of academic research, incentives—and disincentives—don’t normally work, and, often become the focal part of the classroom experience overshadowing the learning process. Educators should aspire to motivate students intrinsically in order to support their appreciation of the learning process. An increased emphasis on preparing educators to utilize technology is driving the use of technology as an extrinsic motivator which creates a desire to do an activity for the sake of a reward. This it is not a sustainable model of motivation. Classroom tools, like mobile devices, open the door to countless opportunities for learning but there is a huge gap in social and emotional learning. There is not a learning tool that supports social and emotional learning like educators and other experts.