Get creative #mystudentmotivation

Get Creative: #MyStudentMotivation Part 3

Monotony is one of the biggest reasons why students feel bored or demotivated in the class. Why? Imagine the daily routine of average grown-ups. We cringe and whine about our jobs throughout the week starting from Monday, all the way till Friday evening. That weekend feeling keeps us motivated. The different things that we plan to do during those 2 days with our loved ones motivate till the clock strikes 6 on a Sunday evening.

(P.S. I’m that grown-up who loves Mondays. Because I love my job and the different teaching methods that I apply with my students)

It’s the same with children. But unlike the grown-ups, children can have an option to change this situation. It’s the school’s responsibility to take out the monotony from the classrooms and make the lessons interesting for students.

What can teachers do?

We teachers can do a lot to change the way the lessons are taught in the classroom. It’s up to us and a little interest from our side to make learning interesting.

Incorporate technology

Children spend most of their time browsing the internet and with their smartphones. So the best way to appeal to them is to do things their way. The source of entertainment is unlimited and that’s what appeals to them. So Use mobile apps and games that they can enjoy using in the classroom.

For example, I use word games to engage my students. There are apps like Cram that let you create flashcards and your own version of their inbuilt word games.

Make the lessons visual

As I said before, things that stick to your mind firmly are the ones that appeal to you visually. Start using visual aids effectively in the classroom. Diagrams, videos, colorful charts, or even movies that explain the topics well. They all help solidify the understanding of the concepts whilst making them interesting.

Create a stimulating environment

Children spend more time in the classroom than they do at home (not literally). If you want them to love coming in every day, make their space attractive. use posters, models, student projects and seasonal themes to decorate your classroom, and create a warm, stimulating environment.

I agree that you can’t always be exciting but maybe you can do it once a week. We as teachers are responsible not only for completing the syllabus but also to understand our students, nurture their minds and keep them motivated throughout the lessons.

It’s a challenge that in turn, motivates me to up my game and keep learning.

realistic-goals My Student Motivation

Set Realistic Goals #MyStudentMotivation Part 2

Setting goals or rather setting realistic goals contributes a major part in motivating students to do more. They begin to show interest in what they do and start to believe that things can be done if only you focus and work on it.

How I set realistic goals?

Realistic goals can be anything. It can be solving a simple question paper, reading an online blog and writing their interpretation, making a PPT, or even just coming up with an idea for a fun classroom quiz.

Setting timelines:

As a teacher, you must know and understand your class and your students’ abilities. Accordingly, you must set timelines to complete each task that you give them.

Pairing and teaming

Every class has a set of students who are academically brilliant and another set who are not so brilliant and take time to understand the lessons. We have to make pairs and teams of students who can help each other complete the task.

This gives a chance for the brilliant kids to teach and the not so brilliant kids to learn their ways of studying.

Benchmarking

There’s ought to be a best project or task. Use it as a benchmark for the rest of the class without belittling other students. A simple “Good job Bryan” should do it.

SMART Goals for classroom

The Goals which you set should be SMART. That a marketing abbreviation for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely.

SMART goals can be something Specific to train a particular skill, Measurable where you can see and rate the performance and improvement. Attainable as the task be something that the students can finish with simple guidance, Relevant meaning the task should be Relevant to your class and subject, and Timely for the tasks to finish within a particular time limit.

The results…

By practicing this method, we can see that the students slowly get independent, efficient, focused, and motivated. Once you notice the students performing well, you can gradually raise the level of difficulty for each task.

So start simple, notice the change, and gradually, raise the bar.