How Do You Teach Work Ethic? Plus a Reading List

I’ve got two items to share today; one is a question, the other a book list.

First, the question: How do you teach students the value of working hard? There are two ways students can measure themselves in my class:

  1. Their grade
  2. Whether or not they have done their best and are actually pushing themselves to learn.

How do you build #2 into a student? How do you impart the value of hard work, of pushing yourself to ceaselessly grow? Whether students are Christian or not, this work ethic will serve them well. If they are Christian, especially, this is obeying God’s call to “work at [whatever you do] with all your heart” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).

I’d love to hear what anyone in the blogosphere has to say about that question.

Second, toward the beginning of Do Hard Things, Alex and Brett Harris tell of a day when their dad came home with a stack of books for them to read:

This list has me thinking that it would be fun to hand these to an independent study student and ask them to tell me what they make of them.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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