Motivation plays a pivotal role in the success of students at each stage of their education, and teachers are the ones who encourage and inspire their students. You must be a motivated teacher yourself to keep your students motivated. If you are a passionate teacher, your students are more likely to show a passion for learning. Of course, that’s much easier said than done, as it takes a lot of hard work to get a classroom full of students to get enthusiastic about studying. All students are different and respond differently to the same technique.
Sometimes, even the most experienced teachers are not able to keep kids on track, so no matter if you’re a new teacher or an old player, use these methods to motivate your students to be great achievers.
1. Students Involvement is Necessary
Long gone are the days when teachers were the only one who did the talking in the class. If you want your students to be motivated then you must encourage them to take part in the lessons. The atmosphere needs to be student-centric. The teacher should guide and direct the learning process whereas the students should take the discussions further by actively participating.
2. Explore Reference Books and Study Materials
Make sure that your students connect with the study material that you are using to teach them. It should be authentic and match their needs and interests. Be prepared to put a lot of time and effort to help your students succeed. Not only stick to the books and syllabus provided by the school, rather expand the horizons of learning for your students. Use reference books, provide worksheets, and take mock tests. This will enhance the capabilities of your students.
3. Make Learning Fun
We all know that a screen is more inviting than a book to the students. Make use of technology; show them infographics, diagrams, educational videos, play online quizzes and games, etc. Seek out new resources that may benefit your classes and motivate your students. Make your classes memorable. Everyone loves competitions, so, make teams and conduct competitions. Have fun and learn at the same time.
4. Do Not Forget to Praise
There is no other form of motivation that works quite as well as a ’well done’, or a ’thank you’ at the end of each student’s contribution, even if they gave a wrong answer. This boosts confidence, especially for the weaker students. Start with positive feedback, always, and then tactfully move on to what needs to be improved. Who doesn’t like getting rewards/gifts? Offer your students the chance to earn rewards; it’s an excellent source of motivation.
5. Know Your Students
Memorizing the names of the students is not enough, you have to know them inside out. Your students must feel that their teacher has a genuine interest in them and cares about their success. Find out their interests, hobbies, strengths, and weakness’. Create a safe learning environment, understand the point of view of each student and appreciate it. Students love being praised and receive good feedback from someone they feel knows and respect them as individuals.