Encourage might be better, maybe stimulate. Jump start?
But it doesn’t really matter what word we decide on.
I think using some of the ideas that Sally Hogshead pushes can help increase the chances for grabbing and keeping the attention of our kids.
Sally wrote a book called Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation that came out several years ago. What she talks about in the book are the powerful strategies that are used to influence thinking and decision making. Fascinate is targeted at marketers and ad folks but the ideas seem to be exactly what stressed-out teachers are looking for.
Economists have always said that to get people to do something, you have to provide incentives.
So . . . imagine a middle school teacher trying to elicit engagement and excitement about the Compromise of 1850 with 13 year-olds. What to do? Sally has some suggestions . . . seven to be exact. She calls them triggers. A trigger is “a deeply-rooted means of arousing intense interest.”
Sally says it just a matter of picking, choosing and combining the right triggers and your kids will be eating out of your hand.
So what do these triggers look like? Continue reading 7 triggers that guarantee student engagement