Students these days are total slackers and hard to motivate, that results to low grades and performance in school. Inspiring students requires creative techniques. It usually takes more than one creative method to keep a student motivated to learn and want to learn more. Here are some tips that might help you to encourage them.
Give your students a choice whenever possible.
Offering choices gives students a sense of control rather than feeling constantly directed. For example, you could give assignment themes and allow students to pick from them.
Inspire students by introducing activities that relate to them. Incorporate popular culture, relevant news, and interesting or provocative themes into your curriculum. These are the things that students are comfortable and familiar with, so they will be more inclined to pay attention.
Do not be an enemy to them.
Do not dismiss what your students like to talk about as petty conversation. These are the topics which your students enjoy learning more about. If you try hard enough, you will likely recognize the value in these topics as well.
Teach at a level that is challenging and respectful to the intelligence of your students. If you give students assignments that are far too easy, they will likely tune out. Therefore, opt for levels that challenge a student. Just make sure that you don’t raise the level to one that your students find to achieve. Raise the expectation to a level just above their capability.
Recognize each one of them
This means you should consider criticisms and compliments equally. Students may be able to tell you ways that you’re teaching could be improved which you may not realize yourself. While the way in which they tell you may not always be respectful, try to consider what you can draw from the critiques, if anything. Take your students seriously. Teenagers will resent you if they can sense a condescending or pandering tone. Do not underestimate the importance of simply treating them like you would treat any other adult.
Be approachable so that students can feel comfortable enough to come to you with issues or concerns. Always be open so that they believe nothing they have to say is ridiculous. By doing this, students will be more inclined to let you know when they are feeling uninspired. And when this occurs, consider it a challenge for you to find a way to motivate your student.
Be sure that they understand you
Be sure your students understand why they are learning the material. Oftentimes, students feel a large disconnect between the material and the real world. In addition to teaching the material, teach how the material can apply to the real world both in the workforce and in everyday life. Try to avoid rote memorization of material. Students will respect the material if they can easily understand how it will be used in the future.
Do not over test the students
Tests and quizzes are an effective way to gauge the students’ understanding level, but they can also add unnecessary stress. Students will respond better, and feel more comfortable, in discussions. It is also important to remember that tests do not necessarily gauge the understanding level of every student. Some students simply do not test well, even if they understand the material.