Motivation is the key!
For a while now I have been questioning why sometimes students that I teach are really motivated to learn, whereas at other times they lack that drive. Some of it I guess is down to human nature & factors outside of my control. However I know that motivation is something both internally driven & externally influenced. Therefore it’s a combination of the students motivating themselves, but also being motivated to learn by the environment I create in the classroom. From this I have compiled my list of motivational cues. I have called it my 5 to drive!
1. What I do in the first 5 minutes is vital. It has to engage, it has to spark their interest & promote thinking & discussion. This does require often a bit of out the box thinking by me to create this engagement. But it is worth it! Speed dating to recap & talk about previous topics & how they link to new learning was a good one I used.
2. Engage before explain! This involves students taking some responsibility for finding out what we are doing before I do any explaining. If they dont engage with their peers in some form of collaborative study, any talking or presenting from me are just words. My explanation can always follow their engagement
3. Students have to be involved in their learning. This could take the form of pre-planning or co-constructing of the lesson itself. Most certainly they need to be responsible for leading their learning in the lesson.
4. Perceived choice! Keeping their motivation up there by facilitating the students into how they progress their learning. Some may want to talk, some may want to record down, some may want to mind map. They can choose as long as they can demonstrate their learning.
5. A real recognition & praise from me for the resilient approach to always be looking for the chance to do things better. This is something that I try to model as much as possible in the hope it rubs off on the students.
Hopefully my 5 to drive will make my students into self-starters & make them self motivated to be life long learners.
Comments & thoughts really welcomed.