How to Encourage and Motivate Learning with DISC

How to Encourage and Motivate Learning with DISC

As kids head back to school and parents have their first parent-teacher conferences, or begin to develop homeschool curriculum and plans for their students, it can be a real challenge to figure out how to motivate students to grow and learn. By understanding their personality style, you can understand what motivates them and how to connect with them. Try the DISC Scholastic Success Report with helpful advice for your child and special sections for parents and teachers.

The High “D” Learner Loves a Challenge

The high “D” student is fast-paced, strong-willed, and decisive. In an educational setting, they are often goal-oriented, hardworking, and not easily discouraged. They also can challenge authority, are extremely competitive and fiercely independent. Those who try to teach them may find this style doesn’t listen to instructions before diving in.

To motivate your high “D” toward learning and growing:

  • Give them a challenge and make it fun.
  • Give them a goal to reach for.
  • Allow them independence and flexibility to figure things out on their own.
  • Recognize their achievements.
  • Give them an opportunity to make decisions.

The High “I” Learner Thrives in Team Learning

The high “I” student is creative, very outgoing, and high energy. In an educational setting, they are often described as a multi-tasker, a team player and fast-paced. They also can be unfocused, easily distracted and a compulsive talker. Those who try to teach them may think they don’t take tasks seriously enough, often describing them as a class clown.

To motivate your high “I” toward learning and growing:

  • Allow them to alternate between varieties of tasks.
  • Give them the opportunity to get their energy out.
  • Let them entertain as part of their learning.
  • Keep the environment upbeat and friendly.
  • Make things hands-on and interactive.

The High “S” Learner Acquires by Teaching

The high “S” student is observant, competent, and patient. In an educational setting, they are often described as being good at follow-through, respecting authority and easygoing. They also can be resistant to change, shut down when they become overwhelmed, and resent being forced. Those who try to teach them may find them apathetic if they are pushed too hard.

To motivate your high “S” toward learning and growing:

  • Ask them to teach you or someone else. This will help them feel needed.
  • Make sure they are in an environment with others who are excited about learning.
  • Help them feel confident in their abilities.
  • Challenge them to grow, but do not force them.
  • Keep the environment consistent and supportive.

The High “C” Learner Discovers by Asking Questions

The high “C” student is detail-oriented, analytical, and logical. In an educational setting, they are often described as rule-followers who are precise and accurate. They also can procrastinate, be a perfectionist, and not take criticism well. Those who try to teach them may find them inflexible.

To motivate your high “C” toward learning and growing:

  • Let them dig deep into their interests.
  • Praise their hard work.
  • Let them process things in their own time.
  • Make sure they know exactly what’s expected of them.
  • Allow them to create systems and organize.

By understanding these key personality traits and motivational factors, you can impact your child’s learning in a positive way while establishing a love for learning and growing that will last a lifetime.

 

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Written by: Sheila Davis

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