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If Kids Don't Want to Learn, You Probably Can't Make 'Em

Jack Frymier sums up a lifetime of experience in teaching: If students want to learn they will. If they don't, you probably can't make 'em. Motivation is individual. Education is failing in the relationship between teachers and students. Motivating students is a teachable skill: It just isn't very often taught where teachers are trained.

Listening to Student Voices: Students at Avalon High on School Design

Much might be learned about effective school design if researchers were to listen to what students say. In this report, student researchers at Avalon High School in Saint Paul challenge adults to allow consumer input to be a driver in efforts to increase students' motivation to attend, to learn and to graduate.

The Old and the New: A Learning Revolution

A remarkable vision of schooling and learning rebuilt around the potential of digital electronics, by Mike Smith. At the time of writing, Mike was in charge of education for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Smith in 1990 wrote the initial, defining paper on standards-based systemic reform.

Staying In: Youth Explain Why Motivation is Central to Learning and Graduating

This report examines the experiences of youth who quit school or were on the path to quitting. It describes their human, and democratic, desire to choose whether or not they will learn. It finds that once engaged students learn better and that different things motivate different students; no one factor is motivating for all students.

Is the biggest challenge perhaps right in the classroom?

Jack Frymier suggests, in a conversation in St. Paul in 1999, perhaps where education is failing is in the relationship between teachers and students. This is where ‘improvement’ has to focus.

What Matters to Students and Their Performance?

Students of Minnesota chartered schools say they may have dropped out had they not attended new and different schools. While all of the students appreciated improved relationships with teachers and peers, their different schools, in different ways, enhanced the students’ abilities to learn. Notes from a student panel.

Students Inform Legislators: What's Important to Understand About Chartered Schools and Student Motivation

At the Charter School Student Summit held in St. Paul in December 2004, students discussed the growth and challenges facing the charter movement. Students discussed their own experiences and exchanged ideas for improvement of the sector, and were asked to inform legislators about chartered schools and what motivates them to learn.