Ways to Motivate Students to Learn

Ways to Motivate Students to Learn

                                     Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the Success of students at all stages of their education and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Whether you are a new teacher or an experienced one, followings are some ways to motivate your students to live up to their true potential.

  1. Believe in your students: If you do not believe that a particular student is going to complete his work, he probably won’t. So stop assuming they won’t and start believing that they can and will.
  2. Define the objectives: It can be very frustrating for students to complete an assignment or even to behave in class if there aren’t clearly defined objectives. Students want and need to know what is expected of them in order to stay motivated to work.
  3. Create a threat-free environment: When teachers create a safe, supportive environment for students, affirming their belief in a student’s abilities rather than laying out the consequences of not doing things, students are much more likely to get and stay motivated to do their work.
  4. Change your scenery: To renew interest in the subject matter or just in learning in general, give your students a chance to get out of the classroom. Take field trips, bring in speakers or even just head to the library for some research. The brain loves novelty and a new setting can be just what some students need to stay motivated to learn.
  5. Offer rewards: Everyone likes getting rewards and offering your students the chance to earn them is an excellent source of motivation. Things like pizza parties, watching movies, or even something as simple as a sticker on a paper can make students work harder and really aim to achieve.
  6. Give students responsibility: Assigning students classroom jobs is a great way to build a community and to give students a sense of motivation.
  7. Allow Students to work together: While not all students will jump at the chance to work in groups, many will find it fun to try to solve problems, do experiments and work on projects with other students. The social interaction can get them excited about things in the classroom and students can motivate one another to reach a goal.
  8. Give praise when earned: There is no other form of motivation that works quite as well as encouragement. Teachers can give students a bounty of motivation by rewarding success publicly, giving praise for a job well done, and sharing exemplary work.
  9. Make learning fun: you do not have to constantly be doing intricate activities to make learning fun. Just be passionate about what you are teaching and let that passion shine through. Tell relevant stories and add in some humour.
  10. Be wise with your homework: More homework does not necessarily mean more learning. So be considerate of the students’ family time by only assigning homework that is truly valuable and necessary. When you limit the quantity of homework you assign, you can focus on quality and expect more of your students.
  11. Have one-on-one conversations: When a student has a chronic problem, pull them aside and talk to them. Ask questions to try to understand why they are struggling and ask them what needs to change so that they can be successful.
  12. Encourage self-reflection: Most kids want to succeed, they just need help figuring out what they need to do in order to get there. One way to motivate your students is to get them to take a hard look at themselves and determine their own strengths and weaknesses.
  13. Make goals high but attainable: If you are not pushing your students to do more than the bare minimum, most won’t seek to push themselves on their own. Students like to be challenged and will work to achieve high expectations so long as they believe those goals to be within their reach.
  14. Give feedback and offer chances to improve: Students who struggle with class work can sometimes feel frustrated and get down on themselves. So teachers help students to learn exactly where they went wrong and how they can improve next time.
  15. Track progress: Teacher should track progress of students as a way to motivate students, allowing them to see visually just how much they are learning and improving as the year goes on.
  16. Get the parents involved: When you talk to parents, be sure to focus on solutions, not the problems. Sometimes parents who seem to just not be interested in helping their students are actually just at a loss of what to do. So give them some specific things they can do to help their student and see what happens.

Presented By:- Mrs. Neetu Singh
B.Ed Dept.
Uttaranchal College Of Education

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