One of the biggest challenges in education is motivation. For many students, getting older brings the added pressure to fit in and be accepted by their peers. This focus on popularity and “personal branding” doesn’t always line up with being seen as “the smart kid”.
As educators, how can we successfully promote learning and growth with a student who is preoccupied with image? Here are some practical approaches to both understanding and combating the issue of students who are too cool to care: