We, teachers, love teaching. We really do. Teaching is what gets us to wake up motivated and go to bed satisfied. The best part about teaching is that you keep learning and the fun of working with the young minds gives us the much-needed rush.
But it’s not always fun when your students are not as involved in learning as you are in teaching. It’s definitely not motivating to look at students scattered around in the class with equally scattered thoughts, staring back at the board wishing they were somewhere else. It breaks you as a teacher.
When you’re done picking up your broken pieces, the first thought that plays inside your head is “Am I a bad teacher?” Nope. Not even going there. I tell myself that I’m a great teacher. With that note, I sit down to analyze the real problem.
Lack of motivation and how to fix it?
Students are not always motivated to study. There are very few who enjoy learning something new. Most of the kids perceive learning as a task that they have to do or are forced to do. We can totally relate to that right? We too were students at one point and wished for studying to be interesting.
Now as the tables have turned and since we are officially responsible for teaching the students, why not make our classes more interesting? Why don’t we get the students motivated and excited about learning?
After a lot of research, reading through blogs, talking to my students, ex-students, the parents, I’ve built some strategies to make learning fun for my students. I’ve tried them in my class and seen positive results.
I’m starting a weekly series of articles where I will share my methods of motivating students in the classroom. I’m positive that it will be helpful for teachers who want to make their classes interactive, and exciting for students.