Helping your Students Find Motivation

For some, school is a breeze. They glide through, it seems, without any sort of hold-ups and come out on the other side, unscathed. However, this is not the case for others. Some have a hard time getting done what they need to and stumble and falter the whole way through.

While one student may have the drive and the motivation to achieve success on his own, there is certainly another who is stuck.

Each person has a unique personality and is motivated by different things. While teaching each student with individual care all the time is unreasonable, it is possible to give each of them some sense of individuality and make them feel as though they matter.

Providing motivation for your students is equally as important as supplying them with knowledge.

Know your Students

Building relationships with your students is one of the most significant things you can do when attempting to push them toward greatness. Start by learning the names of every student and find out a little bit about each one. Right off the bat, this lets your pupils know that you care who they are and makes them feel they are a part of something.

According to Temple University, inclusion is one of the most important factors when it comes to motivating students.

Getting to know your students also helps you more effectively manage your classroom. When you learn the individual personalities of your students, you can get an idea of how they will interact with one another. This means more effective grouping when it comes to collaboration within the classroom and matching certain students with those who could possibly help them. Relationships between students can make for a happier learning environment.

Encourage Communication

As the school year progresses, take note of those who may be struggling and sit down with them to try and find the root of the problem. It could be any number of things, but finding out from them firsthand what their thoughts and feelings are can eliminate the guesswork that is sometimes involved with teaching.

Once a student knows that you care, they will be more apt to come to you with future problems and ask for help. This alone will give them motivation and allow them to feel more comfortable with difficulties in the classroom. The reduced stress will make for a more balanced emotional IQ.

Provide Opportunities to Shine

Students often lose their drive because they feel they are not able to utilize their full potential. Being able to pinpoint a someone’s talents and abilities and allowing them to take advantage of them will give them opportunities to shine. Students who feel like the work they are doing is too easy will often become bored and lazy about it.

Challenging students allows them to think in more critical and creative ways, making school a bit more exciting and beneficial. As humans, we naturally feel the need to accomplish things that may seem beyond us.

Focusing on talents can also give students an idea of what they excel at and help them consider what their future in the workforce might look like. Those whose abilities are highlighted tend to be more productive.

Undermining a student's abilities by giving them busywork is one of the easiest ways to turn a student off to learning. Teachers that motivate students by raising expectations have seen higher rates of success and lower dropout rates.

As a community leader of sorts, you assume some responsibility in assuring a positive future for younger generations. School is not only about learning, but also preparing students for real life. By teaching kids good habits and work ethic at a young age, you can help them look forward to a future filled with success.

What are some ways you have helped your students find their drive?


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C. Joseph Richards

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