As we head back to school it is a good time to consider what can I do as a teacher to motivate my students? I have done a little research and compiled a list for consideration.
Student Motivation Ideas:
- Make your subject personal. Show your own enthusiasm and relate the material to the lives and interests of the students.
- Ask students to think about the materials and then use their statements as you study the readings.
- Be able to answer – Why do I need to know this?
- Get to know your students on a personal level.
- Measure student’s progress and show interest in helping them be successful.
- Promote good will! State what is going well and connections that are being made in class with the materials.
- Make the classroom a safe place to learn, to participate, and take risks.
- Role model what a learner looks like and what mastery looks like in what you do.
- Understand that your class is not the most important thing in your student’s life.
When giving assignments:
- Give students a purpose and focus for reading, like take a side that you have to defend in the next class period. Research shows that students do not see a correlation between reading and academic success so only 20% of them will do the reading. Make them see the connection in your classroom.
- Assign reading that is essential to the understanding of the course. The less is more approach.
- Focus in on what is worth knowing from your content.
- Make the assignments challenging but attainable for your students and expect success
- Differentiate whenever possible in what is to be learned, how it is to be learned or how the students can show mastery.
Hobson, E. (2004). The IDEA Paper #40: Getting Students to Read. The IDE.A Center. Retrieved August 18, 2012, from http://www.theideacenter.org/sites/default/files/Idea_Paper_40.pdf
Svinicki, M. (2005). IDEA Paper #41: Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning. IDEA Paper #41. Retrieved August 18, 2012, from http://www.theideacenter.org/sites/default/files/Idea_Paper_41.pdf.
Teaching Resources – Motivating Students. (2011, October 11).Teaching Effectiveness Program. Retrieved August 18, 2012, from http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/faqs/