A guest post by Rachel Summers
Helping students find motivation for learning is one of the hardest jobs any teacher can have. For one, everyone would rather play or do anything else but learn. They think it’s boring, needless and tiresome.
However, with the right tools, any student can be motivated to do better.
Here are nine ways to do that.
1 Draw connections to real-life situations
You remember that age-old question ‘When will I ever need this in my life? ‘. Students say it so often that you may start to wonder yourself. But don’t let their snarky comments get you down – show them how a lesson or a subject will provide value for them long-term.
Do some research before each lesson to find out where a certain problem is used in real life and show it to your students along with some career options where it’s utilized.
2 Implement positive encouragement
You’ll never get that far if you keep correcting your students negatively. They will be embarrassed in front of the classroom and restrain from answering your questions. This is why you need to use positive encouragement. So, the next time your students get it wrong say something like ‘ Yes, that could be true, but here is a different answer.’ This way they won’t be embarrassed and they will pay attention.
Also, when a student gives you a good answer, show it by saying things like ‘excellent job’, ‘great answer’ etc. If they often ask questions, it’s a good sign that they are engaged, so improve that even more by saying ‘interesting question’ or any variations.
3 Be excited about learning
If you are excited about a subject then it’s likely that your students will be. Enter the classroom in a good mood and present your current lesson with the same excitement they would have for a new movie or a new game.
This excitement can often be contagious and you’ll grab their attention.
‘Presenting a topic in a bland and uninteresting way is a bad way to encourage engagement. Show your students that you love this topic and they will likely be interested too. Just like smiling, excitement can be contagious as well. ‘ says Dana Gray, a psychologist from UK Services Reviews.
4 Get them involved
A good way to promote motivation is to give each student a task that they will be responsible for. These tasks don’t have to be complicated or hard, but they will get them involved and it will make them start caring more about your classroom as well as subjects at hand.
Some of them can be in charge of decorating, some for cleaning, some for spreading material etc. You can get even more ideas for this on community blogs like Teach Hub.
5 Track their improvement
Keep a personal or public score of what your students’ achievements are and how they have improved over time. This way, you’ll have a clear guide as to how to continue working with each of your students and how to best get them to engage in a certain subject.
‘Once I started tracking how my students have improved, I learned a lot of new things. It made it easier for me to figure out how to motivate them further, think about my approach when I was teaching subjects they did best in etc. It’s truly a great tool. ‘ says Mitchell Peralta, a teacher and writer at UK Top Writers.
6 Let them know what you expect of them
Be transparent about what you want them to achieve. If you set high but realistic goals for them and make it clear what you want and think that they can do, they will likely follow your lead. Set short term and long term goals and implement some sort of celebration once they are achieved. Get more info on how to do this at Teach.
7 Plan and work towards day trips
Day trips are a great motivator. As they get better and better, improve their day trips from those that are simple to amazing, interesting field trips to places that will inspire them. This will require some money but since people are willing to invest in good education, this may just be feasible
8 Use a variety of teaching methods
Teaching has certainly evolved over the years. Nowadays, there are plenty of great ways to get your message across to your students. This is great because not all children can learn in the same way. Adapt your methods to each child.
You have plenty of tools at your disposal – apps, games, social media, videos, images, graphs or even communication tools like Revieweal.
9 Ask them for their feedback and implement their ideas
Asking students for their opinion is a good way to find out what you could be doing better. However, students are often reluctant to share since they feel like their opinion will not be valued and in the end, used against them.
Implement a box where they could place their anonymous opinions and later implement their ideas to let them know that they are heard and that you care.
Motivating students is never an easy task but with a few tools at your disposal, it’s not impossible. You just have to know your students and what makes them tick. That way, you’ll be able to pick the best ways to improve their motivation and achieve the results that you want.
Rachel Summers is an educator and a tutor to students who need extra assistance with their studies. She has the knowledge and the expertise to show them how to study effectively which she has been doing with Boom Essays. Rachel writes with a clear goal in mind – to help students and teachers get ahead in school or college.
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