Useful tips to motivate students
Motivating students is one of the key responsibilities of a teacher yet pretty tough. There was a time when I was associated with training industry. At times had to handle a batch strength of 20/25 teenagers. This is that age group which is full of life and gets easily bored as well. So my prime focus always remained to keep students motivated while conducting a session. They should feel interested to continue with a particular class. If students remain repressed and discouraged during a session, learning can never be completed. Therefore motivation is the prima facie of learning. If it’s done correctly, motivation can be immensely rewarding for a teacher. Here are few effective ways to make a boring learning session a fun filled experience:
ü Be inspiring! Proper appreciation can boost the self-confidence of a student to the T! Many teachers undermine proper recognition. But they forget the fact that more a student feels valued and appreciated of his work, no matter how miniscule it is, the better performer he/she becomes in the long run. Phrases like ‘’Keep it up’’ and ‘’well done’’ can create wonders!
ü Assign individual tasks to the students. The more they remain engaged in doing something that they love to the better ownership sense they develop. Group work motivates one student to help another who is a fledgling. Assign proper duties and tasks and see the difference it makes to your next class.
ü Add a pinch of creativity in your classroom session. Who on earth likes monotony? They are kids after all. Bring variety with may be a movie session or a eating out! Use colorful stickers to make them feel enthusiastic! Also you can go for different games or puzzles or teasers for kids. Creativity eliminates humdrum situation and works as an excellent stimulant!
ü Allure your students with some incentives! Who doesn’t want to get rewarded? I still remember the day when I had declared a free speech session for my trainees and after it got over, I rewarded three best performers! Consolation prizes were also there. It’s nothing just giving an extra push to the students and making them motivated to give their best!
ü Students perform best when they realize what they are learning can be really effective in their lives. Site examples how this particular subject can be of use when they face the world. Practical examples motivate students than boring classroom sessions. I have seen time and again that young minds prefer logical explanation of a subject or a particular issue.
Without following the set format, teachers should try to make learning enjoyable. The more a student feels that kick, that urge to attend a particular class or a lecture, the better student he/she becomes eventually. I have seen students not willing to attend a class of a particular trainer. When asked, they simply answered that they get bored. The crux of this discussion is to understand a young mind. A teacher who mixes with his students, shares laughter and sorrow, can easily motivate his pupil without much of an effort.