Going Back to School: 10 Tips to Motivate Kids

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Create an "Achievement Tree"

Display an achievement tree that exhibits his accomplishments. Draw a tree with numerous brown branches on poster board, and create a handful of “leaves” on strips of green paper. Each time he feels he achieves something over the semester—such as a successful day at band practice or a solution to a tricky geometry problem—he can record it on a leaf and tape it to the tree. By semester’s end, he will have created a full, lush tree!