Motivation is the KEY WORD for a better LEARNing environment. We are trying different ways to keep our students motivated.
Here are some tips to keep them motivated:
1 – Remain Positive
Instead of yelling or threatening them, stay calm. Remaining positive and focusing on achievement will motivate our students better and help to create mutual respect.
2 – Provide Opportunities for Success
Without lowing your expectations, find ways to allow your problematic students to succeed.
3 – Be Excited
“The more excited you are about something, the more excited your students will be”. If you think the subject you are teaching is boring, your students will find it boring too, so find creative ways to overcome the most boring lessons.
4 – Allow Students to Earn Rewards
As I did with my students in some particular weeks (presentation and debate weeks) Individual and whole class rewards can be a great motivation, especially when aiming at success.
5 – Teach Teamwork
“Have activities that your students can work on together. Group your students for simple projects such as finding a current event to share every week”. If you want your students learn through practice and experience, group work is a great idea ;)
6 – Public Praise
“Make a habit of publicly praising students for achievement”. We can prepare a certificate for them to share their success with their parents or flatmates ;)
7 – Appropriate Praise
The paise should be suitable and appropriate for the student and his/her age. Appraisal for a child and appraisal for an adult shouldn’t be the same!
8 – Teach Problem Solving Skills
“Teaching your students to solve problems will allow them to be naturally interested in what they are learning”. At that point we can teach them the tips of critical thinking ;)
9 – Provide Opportunities for Varied Experiences
“Different children will succeed in different areas in their lives”. At this point we’d better revise our knowledge on multiple intelligences.
The theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983 as a model of intelligence that differentiates intelligence into various specific (primarily sensory) modalities[disambiguation needed ], rather than seeing it as dominated by a single general ability.
“Gardner argues that there is a wide range of cognitive abilities, and that there are only very weak correlations among them. For example, the theory predicts that a child who learns to multiply easily is not necessarily generally more intelligent than a child who has more difficulty on this task. The child who takes more time to master simple multiplication 1) may best learn to multiply through a different approach, 2) may excel in a field outside of mathematics, or 3) may even be looking at and understanding the multiplication process at a fundamentally deeper level, or perhaps as an entirely different process. Such a fundamentally understanding can result in what looks like slowness and can hide a mathematical intelligence potentially higher than that of a child who quickly memorizes the multiplication table despite a less detailed understanding of the process of multiplication.
I hope you will share your tips with us too ;)