Classroom Management mini-course
Part 3: You CAN Motivate Your Students
8 Simple Things You Can Start Doing Today
Note: I mention in the video to watch your email. However, since this course is no longer sent out via email, you can click the “Part 4” link above to continue to the final section.
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If You Want the Cliffs Notes…
Here’s a summary of the main points of the video.
8 Way to Motivate Your Students to Learn:
- Believe in them. If you don’t, in your heart, believe that they’re capable of being engaged, then they never will be. Choose to believe in them.
- Encourage them. Some students who seem unmotivated are actually just frustrated at their previous failures. What they really need is some encouragement.
- Make sure the students are the ones working. If you’re just standing in front of them and doing all the talking, no wonder they’re not engaged. They need to be actively involved in learning. So schedule time where they are working and you walk around and help them.
- Use recitation. If, as a class, you out loud the poem you’re trying to memorize 3 times a day, pretty much every student will have it memorized within a few weeks. It’s almost impossible not to memorize something you hear and say over and over.
- Make learning fun. You don’t have to have intricate activities all the time; you just need to love your subject and share that passion with your students.
- Be wise with your homework. Focus on quality instead of quantity. Give as little homework as possible and expect your students to do their very best. If possible, have some type of nonacademic consequence for missing homework. (Preferably, require them to complete it at some other point during the day.)
- Have one-on-one conversations. Take time to talk individually with the students who are really struggling. Your goals are to 1) develop a relationship with them and 2) try to figure out the real reasons why they are struggling.
- Get the parents involved. Sometimes parents who don’t seem like they want to help actually just don’t know what to do. So try giving the parents one or two specific things they can do to help their student.
This is just a quick overview. I develop each of these more fully and show you how to implement them in my course Classroom Management 101.
The course includes 6 modules that discuss….
- the mindset we need to be effective teachers
- how to put together a discipline plan that will actually work
- how to prevent most discipline problems from happening in the first place
- what to do when problems do arise
- how to motivate and inspire students to learn
- how to handle 13 specific classroom issues (such as keeping the class organized while you work with a small group, preventing misbehavior behind your back, and what to do when you get a new student mid-year)