Hey there, I'm currently training in an SEN school and would like some new strategies on how to motivate my students. I teach Art to a year 10 group. Today I gave them a task which I thought was adequately pitched to their capabilities, but two of my students in particular refrain from attempting anything in the least bit challenging. I want to stretch them, and coax them out of their comfort zone, but all I get is complaining that they can't do it - when I have seen previous work using the same material, and so know that it is not completely beyond them. Try as I might to encourage, and stress the benefits of 'resilience' etc, I failed to get these children to persevere. I explained that there will be many challenges not just in school but throughout their lives, and that taking on a challenge will every now and then will reap long term rewards. They only see the short - term pain of it all! Maybe it is in part down to me, and that I do struggle occasionally with differentiation. It's very much a trial and error experience for me at the moment because my students are quite inconsistent with regards to the quality of their work. I don't want to discourage my learners, but I also don't want to undersell them by giving them work that they find too easy either! ( they also moan. ) I'd like to hear from those who experience this too, so I know I am not alone! Thanks in advance for your responses.