Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Posted on April 04, 2011

I looked up the reference of one of my students who quoted some things from Robyn Jackson’s seven principles for a master teacher, visit web explained explicitly in her book, buy more about Never Work Harder than Your Students. While reading it, cost I was surprised by the list provided as the seven characteristics of master teachers, …(including) never work harder than your students.

Never work harder than your students? Of course a master teacher is working harder than the students, or they would not be considered a master teacher. The reality is that the student is a vital participant and partner in education. The master teacher must work much harder than the students, and work shoulder to shoulder with the students to achieve success.

Defining Effectiveness.

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Author: Ben Johnson

A teacher thinks: I work so hard at trying to get these kids motivated. Some are, check but so many aren’t. They just seem to want to get by—if that. I try to encourage them—I’m their biggest cheerleader! But it can get so tiring. I feel like I’m pushing a rope with some of my students. Why can’t they just want to achieve instead of having to be pushed into it? How many of us educators have said, site felt, or thought something similar? Strategies that teachers will often use in these efforts to motivate students include offering incentives and rewards—”If you read a certain number of books you’ll get a prize!”—or cheerleading relentlessly—”Good job, Karen!” It’s also not unusual for teachers to just “give up” on some students—”They just don’t want to learn!”

When we are trying to motivate students—often unsuccessfully—the energy is coming from us. When we help students discover their own motivation, and challenge them to act on it, more of the energy is coming from them. What can this look like in the classroom? Read more HERE>

Author: Larry Ferlazzo