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Motivating Students

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Instructional Strategies
Motivating students to want to learn has been a concern for almost every teacher and parent. In order for students to continue succeeding in their education, they need to be motivated to learn. According to the United States Census (2011), “about ten percent of all high schools produce more than forty percent of the nation’s dropouts. Roughly 1.2 million students did not graduate from high school in 2011”. Therefore, motivating students to succeed in school should be a top priority for both teachers and parents.

For years, teachers have read professional books, attended seminars, and collaborated with colleagues and parents in motivating their students to learn in the classroom. The article Methods of Motivational Teaching discussed twelve methods for teachers to utilize before, during, and after lessons to motivate students to learn. The twelve methods are: • Making content relevant to student values and goals; (i.e. “Give students choices about what they want to learn”) • Help Students Achieve their goals through learning; (i.e. “Encourage students to set realistic yet challenging goals, long-term and short-term that relate to their learning • Provide potent models of learning; (i.e. “Speak in an enthusiastic tone of voice”; “Express personal interest in the topics you cover”) • Prompt and persuade students to learn (i.e. “Give the rational for unit requirements) In other words, state the purpose of the lesson prior to teaching. • Establish a positive relationship with students (i.e. “Listen reflectively to the students”; Show interest in students”) • Reward student achievement and learning efforts

• Avoid de-motivating treatment of students (i.e. “Avoid criticizing students in front of the class”) • Enhance student learning self-efficacy (i.e. Tell students that they can do well if they work hard”) Teachers need to...