Reaching the Reluctant Learner

Course #: EDDU 9005

Credit: 3 semester hours of Graduate credit from Brandman University

Cost: $400

Reluctant Learner - LoVerde Group

Course Description

The reluctant learner is one of the most challenging students a teacher can face in their classroom. The student’s struggle or decision not to be engaged in the learning process will not only impact their success in the classroom, but that of the other students as well.

This course will provide the participants with a four-step model for dealing the reluctant learner. The first-step of that model is that of assessment. Participants will examine in-depth what can cause a student to disengage from the learning process. Those will include ones the student can control and those that are beyond their control. Participants will also collect student evidence to create a baseline of achievement for three of their students.

In the second step of the model, participants will be taught numerous strategies that can engage the reluctant learner. The instructors will model these different strategies and participants will also have the opportunity to share their own ideas with their colleagues. They also will be expected to research additional strategies.

The third step involves the participants selecting the best strategies for addressing the needs of the three students they choose in step number one.  They will then implement those strategies over a period of 4-6 weeks. Making adjustments based upon the feedback they are receiving from the students related to their increased or decreased engagement in the classroom.

The final step will be that of evaluation. Participants will collect evidence from each of the three students to determine the impact their actions had on improving the student’s engagement in the learning process. Citing the student evidence, the participants will determine if they will continue using the strategies they selected, refine them in some way or discard them and look for different strategies.

While the reluctant learner can present a challenge for the teacher, understanding the factors that cause that disengagement and having strategies to address each of those factors can make a significant impact on the student’s success in the classroom.


This course consists of 4 modules. Each module has a Powerpoint presentation that you will watch and then complete the accompanying worksheets.

You can choose to have each module sent to you as you complete it, or we can send you all of the modules at the same time. 

You will have up to 6 months to complete the class. Credit for the class can’t be granted sooner than one month after registering even if you complete all the modules before that time.

Once you have completed the class, you will receive an email from Brandman University with your student account. It will have a login and password for you to be able to access your grades and request a transcript.

If you have any questions or concerns as you view the PowerPoints and complete the written work, please contact Emily LoVerde Berchier at:

Phone: (505) 333-9609

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