Here is a quote from the article, "Even if we can't always think, say, and do the ideal thing to strengthen struggling students' motivation, there's always something we can do to meet them halfway."
Peaked your interest? Give this article a thorough read and let us know if there is something you might change about your teaching practices to help your students be more motivated toward learning.
Hi Jane Brown,
Thank you for sharing Larry Ferlazzon's article "Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think,Say, and Do" (October 2012 issue of ASCD: Educational Leadership). I enjoyed reading this article. I already use my students' interests and goals to help them learn. I have always believed all students can learn. I also enjoyed William Glasser's quote about when students have more power they actually learn more. I also agreed with Sparks, 2010 that students learn more when they are given choices about homework, assignments, and how they are grouped because they are more engaged and actively interested in their own achievements.
Motivating the unmotivated student is difficult. Motivation skills should be taught at home but all to often parents are just not available. Teaching today is much different then it was 20 or even 50 years ago. Today teachers are expected to follow tons of standards while keeping every student engaged during every moment of the lesson. Teachers are told not to "kick out" the disruptive student, to create multiple versions of the same lesson for all levels of learners, and the list goes on. Motivating students requires that the teacher be excited about the content and be creative while planning. The best way for teachers to become more motivated is to spend more time learning from other educators. I learned about various games I can play with the kids to pass on the excitement.
you appeal to the limbic system like games and gaming do.
~instant or close to instant feedback.
~ change the grading system.. do not start at 100% only to see it go down.. this is sooo countermotivational for ALL students..start at 0 and go up.. all "questing" gets big or small awards depending... effort. maddening!..~ just this alone might help.
~use game incentives to draw kids in../terminology.. it has been done.. find blogs on it.
~~has been proven to increase attendance, get rid of D.F students/increase grades~ and grow the class if it's an elective.
~also .. history classes.. LARPing, and reenactment of battles with the class.. naval warfare, European, Asian , American, great historical battles.. or makeup you own world planet.. and geography and use models for interactive diplomacy.. etc. you will be surprised what the kids will be able to accomplish. computer games such as Victoria.. turn based, not real time .. they have bits of info on leaders, tips on tactics/strategy.. the kids will be engaged as a game .. and the competition!
types of governments, markets.. economics and how actions and reactions interconnect and affect the goals and arrangements. long term/short term.
soo much more..
look up gamification of the classroom.. find more.