Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven Nourse

Second Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

D. Fennerty


Motivation plays an important role in determining how well a child will perform in school (Philips & Lindsay, 2006). Regardless of how intelligent or capable a student may be if the student is not motivated to do well then their academic performance will be less than it could have been with some motivation. Teachers need to understand why some students are motivated to try hard in school and why some students are not. This understanding will lead teachers to understand why their students are not reaching their academic potential. The purpose of this project was to design a guide that helps teachers motivate otherwise unmotivated students. The project includes ways teachers can identify students who may be below standard because of a lack of motivation, instead of a lack of ability. The project then proposes a program to help teachers motivate reluctant learners to try their best in school.