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Jesus Gonzalez

SED 322
Signature Assignment
Engagement in the Classroom.
Introduction to Problem.
Unmotivated students have been an increasing problem throughout each generation. A

typical unambitious student does not pay attention, does not attend school, does not complete

their assignment, or even worst they might disrupt the classroom. The issue with the lack of

motivation does not lie with one student, but if multiple students have no interest in school then

the situation intensifies and becomes a grave danger.

The stake holders involve in this issue range from the students to the top of the school’s

district. The students, the parents, the teacher, the administration, and the school district

inevitably feel the ripple effect of a student’s poor choice. Multiple students who lack

motivation can bring a school’s reputation down by attendance and grades that attract unwanted

attention.

The background of unambitious students varies across each student. Many students do

not enjoy the content taught in classrooms and prefer to zone off. The stress of their personal

life, family life or social life, may impact their academic career in a negative way by making

their mind wonder while inside the classroom. Another perspective most people do not

scrutinize lies in the student’s health. Their lack of sleep, improper eating, or genes prohibit

them from paying attention for a long period of time. Under nourishment and lack of sleep plays

an immense role on student’s health and their ability to keep focus in the classroom.

The existing challenges that face unmotivated students revolves around people’s outside

perspective. From an outsider, they may seem uneducated, unwilling, or even a “bad seed.”

These labels dig a deeper hole and does not solve the problem. Students who lack motivation
and are unwilling to corporate with a teacher need a different approach instead of the traditional

methods. Trying a different approach is a whole new challenge in its own.

Potential barriers may include the time to adapt to unmotivated students. In some

situations, the student may not be helped and the damage they have caused themselves cannot be

revert. Another potential barrier ties with the school’s content. Some students may have zero

interest in the school’s curriculum and rather learn about a whole different topic. One barrier

that slips by most educators is that the idea of lack of motivation haunts ever students life. The

teachers and staff at every school need to act to prevent the issue to bloom.

Stake Holders

Stake Holders in my issue range from the students to the school board. There are

multiple people involved, such as the student, parent, teacher, administration, classmates, and the

school board. Having unmotivated students, without taking the right direction, will slowly

impact the school’s reputation and disturbs other student’s academic careers as well.

Let’s begin at the core of this situation. The student has the most stakes involved.

Having an unmotivated mentally affects their grade and ultimately their participation in school.

If the teacher does not attempt to grab their attention with different engagement techniques, then

the student will continue to fall behind due to unambitious. This may not affect him/her

presently, but the after effect will creep up as graduation comes around when the issue will be

too late to rectify.

The parent’s participation is also at stake as well. Anything student related, the parents

are almost always a stakeholder. Their child’s grade and future depend on their participation in
school. If the student lacks interest in school, then that will affect their grade and eventually

reach home.

The teacher represents the key component in this situation. A good teacher can make or

break an unambitious student. If the teacher sits back and allows the student to disconnect from

the class, then the student will continue following a dark path. Lack of engagement of multiple

students may also affects any teacher’s lesson plan by making it a plan to complete.

Unmotivated students reach administration by attendance and behavior issues. These

three factors are accustomed to any unambitious student. Having multiple students that are

disconnected from the classroom will slowly creep on administration with these three issues.

Attendance profoundly impacts the school’s fund, depending how many students are present that

day in school. Behavior issues will break out of the classroom and affect all areas outside the

classroom.

Their classmates may be at risk as well. Unmotivated students might result in disrupting

the class or discouraging other students to participate. Once the student disconnects from the

classroom, then nothing stops them from showing it to the teacher. They will constantly not

participate when needed and cause disruption just because they’re bored. They will constantly

fail to complete their assignment. Other students will catch on to this and ponder why

themselves are doing this assignment. Having that kind of mentally circling around any

teacher’s student results in a negative aspect. Having a “bad seed” may prove to poison the

classroom and their classmates with them.

Concerning the school board, grades are a huge factor in this situation. Having multiple

unmotivated students affects the overall grade of the school will reflect on the school board. If
the issue continues to procced unnoticed, then the grades will continue to fall and the school

board will appear unmanageable.

Environmental Analysis

Internal strengths on the school campus that helps deal with unmotivated students are in

every classroom. To help capture the attention of unambitious individuals, teachers must

improve their lesson by adapting to their student’s. Asking colleagues about their lesson plan,

experience, or tricks to comprehend what sticks and gets the students engage. PLC groups

provide a great environment to communicate ideas about a certain lesson with one’s colleagues

to increase the chances of keeping every student’s attention. Instead of doing a direct instruction

lesson plan, another colleague may introduce a new method, such as inquiry or PBL. On certain

occasions, schools will hold meetings or seminars to help first year teachers. In these meetings,

they will address certain techniques or new methods that new year teachers can implement in

their lesson plans.

Internal Weaknesses piggy backs on internal strengths. If your colleagues are stuck in

their old ways and have not experimented with new teaching methods, then they cannot be a

reliable resource. To take it further, they might be your enemy by judging a teacher using a

completely different method than traditional direct instruction teaching. Another internal

weakness will be the student. Maybe the student has a mission to not learn in your classroom. A

teacher might attempt to bend the content to fit their needs through different methods, but there

are certain students whose adamant about not completing any assignment.
There are multiple external opportunities that can help student’s engagement. The most

typical outside resources are museums. Instead of the student’s learning the information through

a PowerPoint, they can venture off and complete a scavenger hunt in a museum to absorb all the

information they need to cover that day. Technology is another huge external opportunity that’s

easier to access than museum. There are hundreds of tools in the internet that can elevate

teacher’s lesson plans. From using hands on tools to finding information for themselves, the

internet engages the students by them using a tool they are comfortable with and more

convenient. Another great resource outside the school lies in the community. Having

community involvement, such as YMCA, animal shelter, or veterans, will impact a teacher’s

lesson plan to capture and keep student’s engagement.

External challenges counters external opportunities when discussing about museums and

technology. Museums, especially in secondary education, are time consuming and out of the

question when constructing the school’s budget. For students to participate in a field trip to the

museum, they must miss all the content in their other classes and get their parent’s signature.

Technology does not provide the same difficult challenge, but, depending on your school, it may

prove difficult to acquire a classroom set of laptops. Technology might be at the bottom of the

school’s budget because they do not have the funding to buy and maintain technology in the

school.

Reflection

This group’s PBL documents poses interesting methods and strategies to start the first

day of the school year. I enjoyed their method of getting to know the students by creating an

inner circle and outer circle. Its crucial for the students to get to know each other, and the

teacher, on day one. I had the same idea of student to student interaction, but a different delivery
method. The idea of students getting to know each other on a personal level creates a relief in

the classroom and a sense of unity. When the group presented the hot seat for the teacher, I

enjoyed the concept of it. I personally already practiced this method and it turned out great.

Only adjustment I may add would be having pre-written questions in order to get the right

information out to the students, I.E. why did you want to be a teacher, what’s one advice you

would give to yourself when you were a junior, etc. Only consideration I have would be

mentioning how long it would take, what is consider teacher appropriate questions, and would

this all fit in the first day?

To get content in the first day, this group presented the idea of the Price is Right where

they pick four students going down in alphabetical order. The teacher will have the Price is

Right music playing in the background while giving students content questions that will be

covered throughout the year. This idea seems great because it creates a fun atmosphere for the

students, but how will the students feel being put on the spot not knowing the answer to any

questions? The group mentions that it gets the student’s exposed to being in front of the

classroom. I do enjoy this fun idea because it will get the students engagement and introduce the

content for the year.

Finally, the group presented the idea of the students making up the rules for the

classroom. Again, would this all fit in the first day or do you have to spend an extra day.

Having the students create rules would be a great method to get the student’s involvement in the

classroom, but what are the drawbacks? What if the student do not care, what if they want

ridiculous rules, or what if classes want different set of rules entirely? Of course, the reward

outweighs the risk. The activities they presented throughout the presentation would have to be

spread out to two days.