Mentoring Antidote for Low Motivation

We often see students who seem to have access to all of the resources necessary to be successful but lack the motivation to actually be successful.  What factors contribute to their lack of motivation?  What role do educators play when they notice that students lack motivation?  In a recent article titled Youth Mentoring in Perspective, Jean E. Rhodes explores the role of mentoring and individualized attention as an antidote for low student motivation.

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Increased Workplace Violence Illustrates Need for Stress Management Training

Most people were excited about the arrival of beepers and cell phones; these new pieces of technology were supposed to revolutionize the way we did business.  They were charged with increasing productivity by increasing our accessibility to the office.  In some cases, they did.  However, more recently, we have noticed that many people are finding that the instant access is causing high pressure and consequently creating high stress environments as demands for quicker turnarounds are increasing.  People even started referring to their technology as a “crackberry.”

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School & Community Programs serve as alternative to “Pipeline to Prison”

Many U.S. school aged students are known for the occasional classroom disruptions: making jokes, passing love notes, picking on other students and sadly, even telling-off a teacher; one would be misinformed to believe otherwise. However, while these disruptions are considered “normal student behavior,” school officials see it differently and that difference is cause for police patrolling school grounds.

In 2010, there were 20,400 school age youths arrested which represents about 30 percent of all arrests that year. Based on the Texas Appleseed report, “Working to Shut Off the Pipeline to Prison” by Hilgers, King and Bryce, the problem with sending this many students through the juvenile justice system is the impact it has on the students long term. In fact, the report suggests that adult criminal behavior among young people often stems from school based youthful misbehavior that left youth in the juvenile justice system.

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