Attitudes and learning

2008-09-11 00:00

What differentiates academic achievement among pupils learning under similar circumstances is attitudes and motivation. The key to helping children with motivational and attitudinal problems lies with parents, teachers and caregivers. If we constantly tell the child that he or she cannot learn, the child will quickly learn to believe it.

Poor attitude suggests that a child needs help and support while a bad attitude implies that the child does not want to learn and persistence in trying to change him or her is futile. Often, a bad attitude is a result of frustrations in the social environment rather than the child’s innate lack of interest. Having good adult role models can help children with attitudinal problems.

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