Teach English in Taiping Zhen - Jining Shi

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Most common problem teachers has to addressed to is lack of student motivation. Motivation pertains to a state of strong desire, strong reason to act or a sense of being compelled to, to accomplished specific goal or achieve an aim. The higher the level of motivation, the more likely to succeed. Motivation plays a crucial role on how students learn effectively. Motivated students will handle and manage numerous learning activities with determination and high spirit. Motivating students is not always easy and simple. If a student has a higher level of motivation, they spend more time on learning and improve themselves. This has a straight and positive outcome on student’s achievement. Internally motivated students, who refer to as self-motivated, are motivated to study because they are interested on the course for self-fulfillment and enjoyment. This type of students are enthusiast and goal oriented, leading to their future success. While other students are internally self-motivated, other student’s motivation is coming from external factor e.g. parent’s condition “rewards or be punished” or job security and advancement. Student’s are then passionate to complete the course because they will be rewarded, generating restrictive or fluctuating performance. It is sometimes desirable for students to be internally motivated because they “want to” rather than because “they have to”, students will give more of their best and their time learning without any conditions. Motivations also varies, depending on the setting, situation, condition, the task and/ or the people involved. Teacher’s behavior and teaching methods, the structure of the course, the nature of the worksheets and the class activities also have a large effect on students’ motivation. The key to different types and level of students is to find out which motivates them. Unfortunately, there are some factors that often intervene to lessen a student’s motivation e.g. fear of failure, lack of challenge, lack of purpose, emotional issue, anger, or desire for attention. How teacher can help is crucial especially at the beginning of the class, knowing each of your students very well and building compassionate relation are good starters. Teacher should provide a warm, welcoming classroom, where students feel their self-belonging and showing each of them play an important role in the class. It is always necessary to create a goal and model for success, to build student’s strengths, and to always give a clear direction and fair considerate feedback. Also, referring school worksheets, lesson plan and activities to the student’s interest is an excellent technique to motivate students and get their attention. As a teacher, focus more on student’s learning progress rather than his/ her error or mistake, use their error and mistake as a guide for future lesson and for their development and improvement. Encourage the students for positive reinforcement, recognized their work, contribution and value. Let them have an open communication, free thinking and get them involved, these will grant students freedom to express themselves and establish sense of ownership and responsibility, inspiring them to actively participate in class. Make students engage, set goals and make reasonable demands, grant them a reward after completing the task might boost their motivation. Get creative and bring connections to real life scenarios. Students feel motivated when they understand the purpose and importance of what they are learning, in relates to them for their future goal and success.