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Motivating Kids Tip #25


Show students how lessons relate to their lives. Provide examples of how specific information will make a difference to them. Do the research and get the facts. Elementary students usually can distinguish fact from fiction. For example, show students that if they get good grades and a college education, they'll earn $$$$$ a year, compared to $$$ a year earned by workers without a college degree. Determine the difference over the course of a 50-year work students how it adds up. Then have them pretend that one student makes the big bucks and one makes minimum wage. Show them the difference in buying power; the house they could afford to live in; and so on. Those who think that this kind of information only motivates older kids are wrong!

For more real-life classroom activities, read how A 'Real-Life Fair' Shows Kids the Real Deal About Careers.

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