Motivation, Learning, and ways to improve both.

Keeping the students motivated in the class increases their participation in learning. Students who feel motivated perform better than the students who don’t. Both internal and external motivation is needed to keep students engaged, but it’s not as easy to do as it may seem because motivation fades away if you don’t feed it every day. Here are some tips to keep students motivated.

Set Objectives For each Class

Begin the class by clearly stating the objectives of the lesson. When teachers don’t state the objectives of a class, it distracts students because they don’t know where they are and where they are going. When students leave a class with the feeling of accomplishment, they consider the lesson constructive. It is also significant to go through everything covered in the class to give students an idea of their progress at the end of the lesson.

Clarity of vision is the key to achieving your objectives. – Tom Steyer

Create Open Spaces

Students should feel a sense of belonging to the class; their actions in the class should result in something more than just the binaries of praise and punishment. When teachers show a sense of confidence in the abilities of students by creating spaces of open communication, students feel motivated to engage in the learning process. Creating a balanced environment of discipline and fun motivates students to participate openly in learning.

I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding. – Miranda Kerr

Foster Positive Competition

Competition among students can work as a catalyst to improve the collective performance of the class. To promote positive competition, teachers can conduct group activities that allow students to share their knowledge with their classmates. Group activities are the best tools to bring different brains together to solve problems and inspire students to contribute to the progress of the whole group.

Healthy competition is always good for us. It helps the squad as well with the depth. – Jesse Lingard

Reward the Students

There is no better way to encourage students than rewarding them for their contribution to the class. Identifying the personality types of the students and rewarding them according to their personality boosts their confidence and keeps them motivated.

The basic idea that incentives can be used to motivate behavior is a powerful one.  Emily Oster

Inculcate Leadership among Students

Instilling a sense of personal responsibility in students makes them a good student and a good individual. Responsibility of the small tasks in the class gives students a sense of significance as most students consider classroom tasks a privilege not a burden. Sometimes teachers should act as facilitators of the tasks and let students take the leading roles.

Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. – Simon Sinek

Promote Self-Reflection 

Introspection not just of academic performance, but also of all the phases of life should be encouraged by the teachers. Self-reflection allows students to identify the areas which need attention.

Change comes from reflection. – Genesis P-Orridge

Know and Take Care of your Students

Memorizing the names of the students is not “knowing” them. Students know when their teacher has an interest in them and cares for them, when students realize that their teacher cares for them, they feel motivated to perform better. 

The simple act of caring is heroic. – Edward Albert

Analyze Performance

Teachers need to track student performance to give direction to their students. It is hard for students to judge themselves objectively, but teachers can help their students by showing them their progress, tracking progress is beneficial for students and teachers.

Teacher compensation isn’t the only factor in cultivating great teaching. Other important priorities include changing how we measure student performance… -Michael Bennet 

Do Fun Learning

To maintain student interest in the textbooks, sometimes it is necessary to step away from textbooks. Intertextual references, audio, video, and promoting reading outside the textbook by fun activities maintain student interest in learning.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Give feedback and be Welcoming

Saying “thank you” for the contribution of the students even when they don’t answer correctly boosts their confidence, especially of the weaker students. You can always say something affirmative; start the lesson with welcome vibes.

The level of motivation in students is a direct reflection of the motivation of the teacher. A motivated teacher will always find his/her students motivated because energies are contagious. So, staying motivated is one of the best ways to keep your students motivated.

The best teachers are those who keep students motivated, challenged and flourishing. – John Kline


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