The best lessons, books and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and become willing to work hard if they are not motivated. Motivation is a key factor in the success of the students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing that and encouraging their students. Of-course, that’s much easier said than done, as students are motivated differently and it takes a lot of time and effort to learn to get a classroom full of kids enthusiastic about learning, working hard, and pushing themselves to excel. Even the best intentioned and educated teachers sometimes lack the skills to keep kids on track. So, whether you are a new teacher or an experienced one, try using these methods to motivate your students and to encourage them to live up to their true potential:
Give Students a Sense of Control:
While guidance from a teacher is important to keep kids on task and motivated, allowing students to have some choice and control over what happens in the classroom is actually one of the best ways to keep them engaged.
Define the Objectives:
At the beginning of the year, lay out clear objectives, rules, and expectations from students so that there is no confusion and students have goals to achieve.
Create a Threat-Free Environment:
While students do need to understand that there are consequences to their actions, far more motivating for students than threats are positive reinforcements.
Use Positive Competition:
Competition in the classroom isn’t always a bad thing, and in some cases can motivate students to try harder and work to excel. Work to foster a friendly spirit of competition in your classroom, perhaps through group games related to the material or other opportunities for students to show off their knowledge.
Everyone likes getting rewards, and offering your students the chance to earn them is an excellent source of motivation.
Give Students Responsibility:
Assigning students classroom jobs is a great way to build a community and to give students a sense of motivation. Most students will see classroom jobs as a privilege rather than a burden and will work hard to ensure that they , and other students are meeting expectations.
Allow Students to Work Together:
The social interaction can get them excited about things in the classroom and students can motivate one another to reach a goal.
Give Praise When Earned:
Teachers can give students a bounty of motivation by rewarding success publicly, giving praise for a job well done, and sharing exemplary work
“Unless Students are persuaded that they are up to the challenge, the common core could leave many students even further behind.”