It’s common knowledge that the responsibilities of a teacher, both in and out of class are not only numerous but require a great deal of effort to fulfill. Correcting papers, preparing next day’s lesson and the most important of all, supporting your students.
Now, ‘support’ can be interpreted in multiple ways. Encouraging your students when they have a bad day, establishing ourselves as emotional pillars when they feel discouraged and most importantly… motivating them to acknowledge and reach their true potential. However, one would wonder, is this feasible, especially during these troubling times we are all going through?
Procrastination is a trait most people are familiar with. How many times have you been faced with a challenge you would inadvertently or purposely delay because you couldn’t find the energy or desire to accomplish it? Lack of motivation is usually the cause and this is a concern most teachers aspire to rectify by implementing different approaches with various degrees of success.
Motivation is not merely a means that can be used to inspire your students to work hard. If viewed as an ‘educational approach’, then you will most likely fail in doing so. What educators should focus on instead, are various factors which will bring about the desired result, not only in class, but in students’ everyday lives. We tend to forget that students look up to us for guidance and our presence will in most cases, leave an everlasting effect on them.
But the question remains… “How can I motivate my students?” The simplest answer to this question is to put yourself in their shoes and realize that motivation can be achieved by adhering to a few strategies which are more or less familiar to most educators.