The most effective way to get a middle school student ready for high school is to take them to visit colleges. At that point in a student's life, they are sick of taking orders and doing busywork, and are ready to make decisions. Unfortunately, all to often, a middle school student's decision is to NOT work. Visiting colleges, even something as simple as looking at the dorms and the cafeteria, shows them what awaits hard work.
Leapfrog motivation, in which you consider the "next-next" step, is not just limited to middle school students. Anyone can benefit. High schools students can get ready for college by visiting places of work.
And it is not just students that can benefit. Lack of motivation is not simply a lack of quotable quotes in your mind; it is a lack of perspective.
It is easy to think of examples of leapfrog motivation: want to avoid a midlife crisis? Get traveling and taking risks in your 20s and 30s. Want to be surrounded by grandchildren when you are 80, boring them with stories? Well
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