Motivating studentsKeeping students
motivated is an important factor in the classroom. By keeping students
engaged, they will be more successful in learning the material. Several factors need to be in place to help keep the classroom a motivating experience.
Teachers should create a fun environment. If learning is fun, students
attitude will change from ?have to learn? to ?want to learn?. Find out what their actual interests are and incorporate them in the lesson plan. As the teacher, show your motivation and energy on the subject and it will rub off on them.
may have anxiety initially. There are several things a teacher can do to assist in students
overcoming this roadblock. They can speak to the student
individually to find out where it stems from. You can also talk to the students
as a group and try to relate to them by sharing any personal stories from your days as a student
In keeping students
motivated, it?s important to assign ongoing projects outside of the classroom as well. This will provide some structure and keep them practicing their skills. Good examples are ?real time? experiences such as shopping or dining in English, and then reporting back to the class on their experience. Or, have them read authentic materials and answer a few brief questions afterward. Of course, keep out of class assignments fun and brief so that you aren?t overwhelming them.
When assigning projects in or out of the classroom, you want to assign those that are challenging but not too overwhelming. Consider the students
? abilities, interest and time constraints. For out of class assignments, please keep in mind that they may have full time jobs, families etc. You don?t want to give them anything too overwhelming as they may not be motivated to complete them.
Sometimes you will find that some classmates or groups may not work well together. This will greatly influence behavior and motivation to learn. Make sure you are pairing/grouping students
well and that they enjoy working with their peers to keep the class motivating and interesting.
Feedback is important! As the students
progress in their studies, it is vital to provide positive feedback on an ongoing basis so that they know they are progressing well. When a student
hears how well they are doing, chances are they will be more excited to learn the next lesson. On the flipside, make sure you provide feedback in a very tactful way when something isn?t being produced correctly so that they will fix it and move on. In addition, solicit feedback from your students
on an ongoing basis. They will appreciate your asking them how you are doing as well.
Give your students
as many opportunities to succeed as possible. If they are struggling, give them additional assistance. Encourage full participation and show appreciation for their input and contribution. students
become more motivated when they feel a sense of ownership of the material they are learning.
Teachers need to be perceptive. If they notice any one student
falling behind, it?s important to work with them straight away so that they get back on track. Otherwise, that student
will surely lose their motivation.
In conclusion, as you can see, there are several things a teacher can do to keep all of their students
motivated in the classroom. As a new teacher, I will never lose sight of that!