Personal tools
You are here: Home XChange 15 Years of Lessons Learned Student Commons Showing Up Is Not Enough
XChange - Publications and Resources for Public School Professionals

Access to the content included in the UCLA Center XChange varies with copyright restrictions, as outlined in the Editorial Policies, but Center X strives to provide open and free access whenever possible.

Showing Up Is Not Enough

Author(s): Jennifer Walker


Showing up is not Enough:
Motivating Unmotivated Students in the Secondary English Classroom

In this inquiry I identified 12 students in my 10th grade English classroom who came to school consistently, but did not turn in work and thus were failing. I researched factors contributing to their lack of motivation by tracking student turn-in rate through 12 major essay assignments and analyzing these assignments according to the content of the material, the context of the classroom, and the process used for writing. I also conducted informal student interviews and student surveys. These two methods of collecting allowed me to draw conclusions about motivation on both an individual level and on a larger group level. I found that using the writing process and knowing the individual needs of unmotivated students is important in increasing motivation to complete assignments.

This item is accessed for free with permission from the author. To download the PDF, click the link below.

011ShowingUpisNotEnoughIPSW002.pdf — PDF document, 296Kb

Items in Student Commons

Document Actions

UCLA Center X
1320 Moore Hall, Box 951521
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
(310) 825-4910