STRATEGIES ON HOW TO MOTIVATE LEARNERS
One of the best way to fully engage learners into the teaching learning process is having proper motivation. The following are recommended strategies in order to motivate learners:
1. Create varied learning experiences
The typical classroom is composed of different learners with different personalities and interests. The role of the teacher is to address all the needs of these learners and make sure that nobody is left behind. The best way to do this is to create varied hands-on experiences for learners which gives chances to their preferences. In doing so, the learners will be fully engaged into the teaching learning process and will pay attention to every activity.
2. Giving learners the sense of control
Being the facilitator of learning, the teacher is most of the time in control to what is happening inside the classroom. However, the teacher must also give chance for learners to have some choice and control over what happens in the classroom. Giving them options on how to present their product or making them choose the best strategy for them to work on with a task may give them a sense of control that may just motivate them to do more.
3. Try New Learning Environments
Although the classroom is the great place for inculcating knowledge to learners, having learners stay for 5 – 6 hours inside the room will create a sense of boredom for some learners. In order break the monotonous learning environment, the teacher should once in a while give the learners a chance to get out of the classroom and instead do their activities outside especially when the school has a garden or other facilities that has plants and trees around. This may also help them to better appreciate the environment and enjoy nature at its best.
4. Promote Healthy Competition
Promoting healthy competition during classroom activities isn’t always a bad thin, in some ways, this may help motivate learners and would drive them to try harder and excel. The role of the teacher is to make sure that the spirit of sportsmanship and friendly competition is alive in every group game or any activity that may require them to showcase their products or talents.
5. Appreciate and Recognize Learners’ Efforts
Most learners are motivated when they are being recognized. In some cases, the teacher must make sure that all efforts and hard work of learners are recognized so that this will be another way to ignite their interests to do well. In doing so, the learners will be more confident and may develop their self-esteem.
The author is Teacher II at North Ville High School