Creative Ways to Motivate Reluctant Learners

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Motivating Reluctant Learners: Introduction

Motivation, Attention, and Inspiration 3:57

Using Choice and Curiosity to Motivate

Engagement Through Choice 2:04

Getting Creative with Art History and Sketchbook Work 5:07

Utilizing Unusual Materials and Unexpected Projects

3D Materials for Engagement and Experimentation 3:01

Final Materials and Project Ideas 4:26

Building Encouragement and Building Relationships

How to Build Relationships with Your Students 4:31

Growth Mindset and Motivation

Growth Mindset and Social Media for Motivation 3:35

5.2: Skill Development and Growth as Motivation 1:56

Language to Develop a Growth Mindset 2:25

Motivating Reluctant Learners: Conclusion

How to Develop the Ability to Motivate Every Student 4:19

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Creative Ways to Motivate Reluctant Learners

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to establish relationships to help motivate your students

  • 2 Explore strategies to engage your students through unexpected and unusual work

  • 3 Discover how a growth mindset and the right strategies can help motivate every student

Teaching high schoolers can be difficult, particularly when you have students who are unmotivated or reluctant to learn. In this Learning Pack, discover strategies to help those students become engaged and motivated in the art room. From creative projects to unexpected materials to strategies that help with motivation, it’s all here! We’ve gathered the best ideas to help students get active, stay working, and ultimately, be successful in your classroom.

Timothy Bogatz

Timothy Bogatz

AOE VP of Professional Development

Tim is the VP of Professional Development for the Art of Ed, and previously worked as an AOE writer and graduate instructor. Before working for AOE, Tim taught high school art for 14 years in Omaha, Nebraska. As a teacher, he focused on creativity, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills, using Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and whatever other materials might be available.


  • galen wales

    Hi Tim ~

    I have been teaching high school art, all levels, 2D and 3D, plus AP, for 23 years. A lot of the information I receive on the Art of Ed website, conferences ( I’ve participated in two), and now in PRO, I have done before. I even implemented the Fixed vs. Growth Mindset philosophy this last year! The students responded to it positively. I highly recommend it! But with that said, I wanted you to know, that it is so nice to know that other teachers share your ideas as to how to teach high school art. And, you always seem to add just a little more information that I can use! Thank you and the Art of Ed team for sharing your ideas and experiences.

    ~From a lifetime learner!

    • Timothy Bogatz

      Thank you so much, Galen! It is great to hear that there are other people doing the same things, and I’m so glad that this is information you can use. 2D and 3D, plus AP–sounds like you have your plate full! Good luck this year!

  • Elizabeth Latham

    Such great ideas! You’re actually getting me excited about teaching middle school next year. Thank you.

    • Timothy Bogatz

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I hope these ideas can help. Johanna Russell is even better with classroom management–check out her Managing Middle Schoolers learning pack when you have time!