New to the site? Try Quick User Guide

We use technology from the Learning Commons to track anonymous visitor behavior on our website to ensure you have a great experience. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Opt In/Out.

Teammates as a Source of Motivation at LPS Richmond

Sophia Thomas, teacher, explains how peers can be a source of support and motivation for students in setting and attaining goals.


Transcript: Sophia Thomas: One cool thing I saw happening really early was that there was this really nice peer pressure that was happening when students weren't picking goals that were going to really push them or weren't really good goals. I clearly remember one week a student decided he was going to only do three assessments for the entire week. When, in fact, you're expected to do at least two per day. Immediately, because the recorder was writing stuff down, they're like how many – because they do that on a weekly basis and they do it on a daily basis. They are checking in. When he said three, immediately a student said come on. You can do better than that. How about five? Another one said, no, no, no. Seven, he can do seven. He was like no. And it was like come on, man. You can do seven. Eventually, he was like, okay, I guess. He went ahead and changed his goal. That pressure would be such a more difficult conversation when it's coming from the teacher. But to have your peers actually say you need to set higher expectations for yourself and have them do that. That is really cool

Explore More

Schoolwide Weekly 1:1 Student Conferences

Weekly, one-to-one conferences supported by all staff members to aid in student development of academic skills, goal setting, and personal...

Virtual Personalized Student Learning Plans

Virtual student-driven learning plans based on personalized, student choice with embedded opportunities for reflection.

Communicate the Plan

When working with students in-person, remote, and within a hybrid and/or simultaneous learning environment, it is important that they know...