How to Motivate Students? Just Bring a Corgi to Class!

3 years ago



In the wake of arming teachers with guns and #ArmMeWith flash mob, alternative approaches to academic process seem more appealing by the day. Twitter user Sophie Vershbow has recently shared a photo of her friend’s boyfriend, who’s also an English teacher in Austin, Texas brings his corgi, Banjo, to school.

Corgi a Day Drives Sorrow Away

In the photo, the teacher is holding his precious doggo looking proud of fulfilling such an important task. In her tweet, Ms. Vershbow wrote "Less teachers with guns, more teachers with corgis." Sounds almost like a political slogan.

The Twitter reacted with almost 300k likes and 1,5k replies, some users even posted their own scholarly corgis.


Does Bringing Dogs to School Actually Motivate Students?

In the editorial dating back to 2015, the Washington Post told about the independent schools in the Washington region being dogs-allowed zones. Turns out, teachers bring their pets to schools on a regular basis to let students play with them. These are not some specially trained therapy dogs, just regular dogs.

Bringing dogs to school is a great practice to help students cope with stress. These animals are capable of showing pure affection, and students feel more motivated to study. Not all US schools, however, are pet-friendly - most educational institutions have strict policies prohibiting any animals on campus.  

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly US school that allows cats and dogs on campus, here’s a top 10:

1. Eckerd College – St. Petersburg, Florida

2. Stephen’s College – Columbia, Missouri

3. Stetson University – DeLand, Florida

4. The University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

5. Lees-McRae College – Banner Elk, North Carolina

6. Reed College – Portland, Oregon

7. California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, California

8. The University of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho

9. Johnson and Wales University – Providence, Rhode Island

10. The University of Northern Colorado – Greely, Colorado

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