How To Spark Academic Interests and Motivation Within Special Needs Students (Post-Pandemic)

| by Thuy Truong, M.A. Ed., TPT Teaching and Coaching, 7/21/2021|

A recent global parent survey has suggested that academic motivation within students with learning differences has waned after a year of educational disruption due to the pandemic. Although the pandemic has slowly receded in our imagination as parents try to move their child positively toward the next educational milestone, the residual impact of COVID-19 on student motivation is still unraveling. Because the new school year is just around the corner, it is the perfect time to re-spark student motivation for school performance. The academic tips below will show parents how to transition your student the positive way forward.

1. Listen Deeply

The best way to instantly boost a child's mood and motivation is deep listening. You want to listen to what makes them come alive, get a feel for their personality and how they see the world. I believe every student has an academic personality. That is, how they learn, how they like to learn, and how they see learning. But it is so much more than just what they like to learn, it is deeply embedded into their personal identity and the academic energy that they bring. Once you tap into their academic personality, you will get an inkling on how to motivate them. For example, if they say they like fantasy stories, then you can incorporate that into the academic objective at hand as appropriate. The key is sincerity because students are natural falsehood detectors. Be creative and playful, but steer the student towards the wonder and joy of learning. They will follow your lead.