Posted date: Jan 25, 2018
Students’ motivation must be denoted as the biggest teachers’ struggles for sure. Have you ever imagined how often the teachers have faced the lack of interest in doing quality work and learning at all, no matter what they try? The unmotivated students might be the biggest disaster ever! They seem to you so unreachable, and you have no idea how to manage that. Of course, that’s a real problem, but it does have solutions. At least, we will try to convince you that you are able to motivate even the most unmotivated student in the whole world! The detailed answer to the most burning questions “How to get motivated for school?” and “Where to find motivation for college students” is provided below.
Let’s find out what motivates students according to the current studies:
- Students have more motivation and are interested academically if they are in a good relationship with their teacher.
- Extrinsic rewards and consequences tend to block motivation, especially when it goes about complex tasks which require persistence and creativity.
- The chance of choice is the greatest motivator in every educational context.
- The opportunity to improve their task helps students to stay motivated.
- They are more motivated when they learn things that are relevant to their lives.
Students are often blamed for being distracted by phones and technology in general as they are always stuck in their phones. Of course, we teachers may blame outside sources, but maybe we should reconsider the way we teach and try to make some changes to win students’ attention and motivation? Why not to come up with motivational activities for students? Stop saying that kids aren’t like they used to be, we really shouldn’t make these sweeping generalizations. Instead, let’s make sure we are doing everything possible as we do play role in students’ motivation.
Check out the given list of questions to ask yourself if you are really doing everything possible to improve students’ motivation.
- Think over your relationship with your students, are they really good or you feel they could be much better?
According to multiple studies, the quality of the teacher-student relationship needs to be taken into consideration as it really influences student motivation. When a teacher-student relationship is good, students are provided with a sense of safety and stability. So how good is your relationship with your least motivated students? Think how well do you know them, how often do you talk to them about the things they care about, or maybe have you hopelessly given up on them a long time ago.
- Are you sure your students are given enough choice?
When students are given a choice, they are more interested in the task and the same way more motivated. When you provide your student with a choice, it makes some difficulties for you with grading, of course, it needs more preparation work. If your students are given four or more options for an assignment, it means these four or more options need to be prepared by you in advance.
You may let them choose not only assignments. There are many ways to add your students at least a small amount of choice:
- Let them choose their seating.
- Let them choose whether to work in groups or on their own.
- Let them choose the order of their activities.
- Let them choose the way of delivering their response for some assignments, give them the freedom to set aside for writing.
- Reconsider the difference between motivating students and getting them do what they want
Every teacher has his own system of punishments and rewards that are aimed to boost students’ motivation. An extrinsic reward isn’t the best helper for students’ motivation especially when it goes about a task which requires a deep thought and creativity. You should think over how much of your motivational approach is extrinsic, because we might be using our punishments, rewards, and privileges to force our students to do something they have no real interest in and don’t want to do at all. Be careful with using the extrinsic reinforcement, if it is your primary approach to students, as it tends to remove any natural motivation they might have had. To get students to do want you want and really motivate them are different for sure.
- Do your words assist to a growth mindset?
Teachers do influence their students the way they tell the things to them. We might contribute them to a fixed mindset by telling them about their natural abilities, and that doesn’t motivate at all. Only when students believe that their abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, when they know they can get better, they are motivated to cope with a challenging task.
- Do you do your best to make your content relevant to their lives?
When students realize that they are learning something authentic, something that has a real power to improve their lives and have some kind of influence, they are deeply motivated. As soon as your students see that the content has relation to their lives, you’ll notice the difference. Let your students see the connection between what they’re learning and the world they are living in. Make more reflection simply by asking your students to think and tell how course material connects to their lives and what do they think about it. Enrich your tasks as much as possible with public products, student project is a great natural motivator for them to work harder on a task.
To leave no stone unturned, how much are you motivated? In most cases, the degree of student motivation is tantamount to the teacher motivations. If you being a teacher tell yourself “I have no motivation for school,” how can your students be motivated? When you hear that your students have no motivation for college, do not give up! You can motivate them as the world is your oyster!