STRATE­GIES ON HOW TO MO­TI­VATE LEARN­ERS

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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

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