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Assets In Action: Developing student motivation

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Our September focus for Assets is, Commitment to Learning. This category includes Asset numbers 21 through 25, which include:
21. Achievement motivation — Young person is motivated to do well in school.
22. School engagement — Young person is actively engaged in learning.
23. Homework — Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
24. Bonding to school — Young person cares about her or his school.
25. Reading for pleasure — Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
This week, we’ll focus on No. 21, Achievement Motivation.
I will pose a few questions, to which I would love to see responses via email, Facebook or Twitter.
• What was your motivation to get through school?
• What is the achievement motivation for your student today?
I would have to say my motivation to be successful in high school was to get out. I knew I was headed to Valencia Community College and my future lie ahead.
My high school senior knows that his success in high school may decide how the rest of his future turns out.
Every student has different goals and things that help motivate them. It could be small things like incentives for grades, or a penalty for the lack there of, or the desire to attend a certain school.
In 2010, our data showed that 69 percent of our youth felt that they had this Asset. Our 2013 data shows that current number is 73 percent.
To find out how our kids are doing in a certain area, we may just simply need to have the conversation.
Please remember to wear your college or military apparel on Friday. Our goal is to create a community visual for the path of lifelong learning.
Text or email me a photo, or call me to come take one of your office, club, group, or business.
Have a great week and let’s get out there and build some Assets. This week, Smith’s Food and Drugstores will be collecting your spare change to benefit our many community programs, throughout the year, thanks in advance for your support.
Assets In Action is available 24 hours a day at 695-9139, at AssetsInAction@att.net, or on Facebook and Twitter at Assets In Action.

Assets In Action is a community-building program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.