Motivation involves setting goals. To get motivated one must engage in activity, whether physical or mental. Goals lead to action, which is why it’s important for students to set goals. Students tend to perform better in school when they are properly motivated. However, the struggle is getting their attention, especially with all of the technology distractions today. Mashable.com reported the following, “87% of teachers said technology is creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans. And 64% of teachers (from middle and high schools) say today’s digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically.”
To keep students motivated to learn, try the following tips:
- Create learning activities that relate to the students’ lives.
- Give them options. Research shows that students have increased motivation when they “feel some sense of autonomy in the learning process.”
- Provide challenging activities. “Scaffolding is one instructional technique where the challenge level is gradually raised as students are capable of more complex tasks.”
- Use role models as examples to help them draw connections. The positive influences may also help keep them engaged.
- Watching a peer succeed at a task is a great way for other pupils to learn.
- Supportive teaching styles can help keep increase student interest, enjoyment, engagement and performance.
- Teach them how to learn. If they are struggling, break down the learning process to help keep them motivated.
To learn more about motivation and why it’s important to the learning process, contact the Lavanga Group today!