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January 13, 2010

Ways To Motivate Students

1. Rewards: Rewards and privileges are great motivational tools for hard work. Teachers can use a variety of them to encourage student participation.

Examples of privileges or rewards are as follows: Lunch with the teacher allows students to come back to the classroom and it helps foster student-teacher relationship. Extra center time allows students to have a few more minutes at a computer lab. Snacks can be offered as incentives.

2. Expectations: Teachers should set reasonable objectives for every lesson that allow their students to progress in the classroom. Expect students to achieve the objectives, and they will. Studies show that students achieve at higher rates when their teachers have high expectations for them.

3. Relevance: Show students how what they are learning matters in real life. Guide students to discuss the new material, and allow students to draw on their own experiences to learn and understand the new material.

4. Incorporate different learning styles: Use a variety of strategies in the classroom to facilitate the lesson. Classroom discussions consist of whole group learning.

5. Involve the kid's family. : "The school is only one of the two principal socializing institutions in society, the other being the family," Students want more support at home for learning. Hence wherever possible involve the families as much as possible.

6. Praise Students: Recognize work in class, display good work in the classroom and send positive notes home to parents and hold weekly awards in your classroom

7. Track Improvement: In those difficult classes, it can feel like a never-ending uphill battle, so try to remind students that they’ve come a long way. Set achievable, short-term goals, emphasis improvement, keep self-evaluation forms to fill out and compare throughout the year, or revisit mastered concepts that they once struggled with to refresh their confidence.

8. Organize Field Trips

9. Have a fun incentive for doing well on standardized test

10. Hold a poetry slam: When kids are given opportunities to perform and share in a public forum, they rise to the challenge. They put out their best effort to express themselves, and it takes the learning to a much deeper place.

11. Have students participate: One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning. Standing in front of them and lecturing to them (at them?) is thus a relatively poor method of teaching. It is better to get students involved in activities or in some other way getting physically involved in the lesson. A lesson about nature, for example, would be more effective walking outdoors than looking at pictures.

12. Make learning visual: Even before young people were reared in a video environment, it was recognized that memory is often connected to visual images. We can provide better learning by attaching images to the ideas we want to convey. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.

It is very helpful to begin a class session or a series of classes with a conceptual diagram of the relationship of all the components in the class so that at a glance students can apprehend a context for all the learning they will be doing. This will enable them to develop a mental framework or filing system that will help them to learn better and remember more.

13. Provide positive feedback: Inspire students and reinforce that they can do well. Evaluate student work as soon as possible after project completion, and be sure that the feedback is clear and constructive.

14. Build quality relationships with students: Students like to feel that teachers are involved in their lives. Take time to get to know the students and talk to them individually. Student engagement encourages a positive connection and motivation to work harder towards positive results.

1 comment:

  1. These are great...
    These are my ones...

    I Have 10 'P's - Dead simple

    1. Play – Have fun, enjoy, enthuse and bring energy to the room. “No-one ever achieved anything without enthusiasm” Emerson
    2. Personal – School is about life. Indulge your students and listen to their stories. Indulge yourself – Share your stories with them… if it benefits them
    3. Provoke – Ask questions about life; ask questions about the topic – it gets them to think. It’s powerful when they get to see things through their own minds !
    4. Praise – Catch people doing things right. Be focused on praise BUT be specific and sincere. The praise should be focused on effort and improvement – this is always effective. We all need to feel good enough.
    5. Power – Let your students determine some of the agenda or make certain rules. This gets them feeling like they’re ‘in charge’ without you losing control.
    6. Projects – These are very powerful mechanisms for connecting different skills and knowledge and harnessing natural curiosity.
    7. Positive People – This gets them to learn quickly how to behave in a positive manner.
    8. Prizes – Rewards can be powerful when they are unannounced and not too familiar. Prizes can be as innocuous or as humorous as you like.
    9. Prestige – All children need to feel important – some more than others – so prestige and recognition are fundamental. Consistent encouragement and opportunities to showcase talent are important.
    10. Principled - People like rules but only if they 'work', rules that are broken or made up for the sake of it breakdown the trust. Trust is absolute.

    That’s it!

    These techniques are NOT magic as you can see; they’re just ways of keeping people focused when their natural attention wanes. It’s incredibly powerful, it’s effective and…

    …it’s a lot of fun.


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