How to motivate high school learners
If you are a teacher or a parent, you know perfectly well that the motivation of high school kids is not always an easy task. This requires the use of creative techniques. In addition, you usually need more than one creative method to motivate the student to learn and to awaken his interest in new knowledge. Therefore, if you are looking for creative ways to motivate students, you should consider the following.
Give students a choice, when possible
Freedom of choice gives the learner feel that they is control their life and does not obey the instructions. For example, offer to students to choose their own topics homework.
Encourage learners interesting activities
Include them in the news, topics and elements of modern culture, interesting for pupils and related to your subject.
Teach so as to encourage learners to learn
If you give children an easy task, they will likely be bored. Therefore, choose those that they seem complex and interesting. But at the same time be careful not to excessively raise the bar, otherwise you originally doom learners to failure. Just complicate the task to just above their capabilities.
Invite the class to people they respect
Let it will be people whom they will want to imitate, such as writers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Then, convince them that they too can achieve great results and become what they want.
Be easy to communicate, so that learners feel comfortable with you and could turn to you with their questions and problems
Always be open and let them know that all their problems are important and significant. Thus, students are more likely to tell you about their difficulties. And when it does, the problem is to take the learner as their own, so you will find a way out together faster.
Listen, support and empathy in the process of working with learners
Such approaches motivate them to open up and confide in you. Praise them in every appropriate case (say “good job” and “you’re a real good fellow”). If you show interest and willingness to listen, you will open the doors of understanding.
For learners who are experiencing difficulties, unbiased approach and ask what they think about their own difficulties
Explain that people learn in different ways, and give them examples (for example, say that someone perceives visually better, but someone at the hearing). Ask a learner what type of perception dominates him. Find out what the problem is and work on it together to find a method that can help learners learn better. It can be as different methods of teaching, and development of organizational skills.