This word is all over IEPs. IMHO, it should be banned.
Lately, I have been seeing a rash of IEPs in a number of school districts with the phrase, “the student lacks the motivation to….” Every time I see this phrase in an IEP it really blows my mind! As an occupational therapist, I know that there are many factors to becoming motivated to complete any task. BusinessDictionary.com described motivation and it just happened to include a statement about students and studying which really hit home.
What is motivation? Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or…
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