(Authomatic Google translation)
Motivation is the engine of education. A child who is not motivated is like a sieve, everything that is said in the classroom or working escapes. Instead a child is active and involved motivated to discover, try, do, experience, knowledge, look, think … their capacity is unlimited.
As a teacher / a can not enter the brain of your students and put everything they want to teach. They want to learn and are motivated only if they will.
What is the reality that we have in our classrooms?
Students today are unmotivated. Do not talk about a child or two classroom talking about a large percentage of students who reject school, which makes it there and how. As they say “go to school because the plays and the friends.”
This situation is very worrying and I personally saddens me desperate and exhausts me. I perceive pessimistic contempt sadness, emptiness …. In many schools the atmosphere is widespread despondency and inertia blocking.
The school is overwhelmed by social changes and must reinvent itself to adapt and evolve. It is urgently necessary that we do something to change this situation.
How can you motivate your students?
We propose some strategies to achieve this:
Listen. Discover what interests them, their doubts, concerns, fears … understand the, you know will connect and use this knowledge to become involved in their learning process. From what you say to learn and discover that enriches a lot.
Explain the purpose of working. We need to find meaning in what they are learning in school and they are the ones who really want to get involved and want to know more.
Implica’ls in the learning process. You are not a simple transmitter of information they have to guide and support children in their growth. They must take an active role and together you discover and learn countless things.
Adopt a positive attitude. As you talk to your students is important, preferably using expressions positive smiles make jokes demostra’ls that you enjoy their company and show yourself next / yy them. You need to connect with your students and enjoy the mutual company.
Power classroom atmosphere of cohesion and cooperation. Work in the classroom values of friendship, solidarity, diversity, respect … to involve children so that they want to participate and interact with peers, they feel an essential element of the group.
Apply different methodologies in the classroom. As a teacher / a need to be creative and try to surprise and motivate students by offering sessions varied, dynamic and arouse the interest and curiosity of children.
Power autonomy and growth of the students presenting them small challenges and encouraging them to autosuperar and discover new knowledge continuously.
Try to surprise your students. Every day there is some unexpected surprise that makes them enjoy and feel like going to school: a game, a short, a song, a surprise …
What you should not do?
Sometimes, without being aware, you can say or do things disincentives your students. We must be alert and try to avoid these errors occur. Here are some examples:
Cut the wings to students with phrases like: “This will work it already plays later,” “This I do so because I say so”, “do not you know let it be” limited … These phrases curiosity of children and censor their desire to learn and discover.
Demotivate pupils boring and repetitive activities. When a student leaves are dull of hearing, and it is impossible to learn anything that is working in the classroom.
Place a little dynamic classes. Working with the same dynamic is repetitive and monotonous. Not always centered on making your classes and individual files or exclusively books.
Requiring students to the same results and learning pace. This requirement means that many children are disincentives, feel pressured to live and the school as a problem.
Mark very rigid timetables stress that children, for example the half-hour sessions are so short that it is very difficult to work with.
Do not allow students to participate. Classes where the teacher is limited to transferring information and students must be silent, still and listening is not a good way to learn. Education should be based on two-way communication, forget lectures as learning methodology.
Show a cold and distant attitude with children. Mark is the teacher who knows everything and the students know nothing means that there is a border that hampers communication and good relationship between teacher and student / a. It is essential that there is complicity because they give a good learning process.
Based learning in all exams and assessments. The assessment serves to regulate and monitor the learning process of the students, not an end, it is only a tool.
Because students are unmotivated?
Probably a mixture of many factors:
The school must make many changes and adapts to the society of XXI century. We have new technologies in the classroom but we changed the way we teach the classes. We still governed to a curriculum that marks a path which in turn limits us. We live in the society of information and communication and school today should be in this line. We need to change methods of teaching and learning, what we teach and the role of the teacher / a.
Teachers are discouraged for several reasons: pressure from teaching the basic skills tests, degraded social figure of the teacher / a reduction in wages, teachers from schools with high mobility or else teachers too rich, increased ratios, wide range of students with emotional problems, family and economic …
Students doubt the usefulness of going to school because they do not see that as significant work there. They themselves feel that what they do in school is outdated and question what there is: memorize the multiplication tables if we calculators, obsessing with misspellings if we correctors, learn the maps of memory if we have Google Maps and so on.
Today we find that a large portion of our students come to school, as we say colloquially “to warm the chair.” This much students are unmotivated and completely deny what is done at school. This is very worrying because we do not speak of a minority but a significant figure to be taken into account.
Students must want to go to school, they feel that the school makes free and opens doors instead of feeling imprisoned.
In today’s society we live we must rethink educational goals. Currently not talk to transmit knowledge but talk of educating students to be independent and able to move in society, who can continually learn and search and process the flood of information that comes through the network.
It is time to stop and reflect on the school we have, to make changes and adapt to the social moment we live in. Build a new school, the school of the XXI century, in which students are involved in their learning process. Let them autonomous aliem us with new technologies, we enjoy teaching and sharing with our students the pleasure of discovering and learning.
You are important, you can do much to improve the school. Invest in energy motivate your students and the results will surprise you.