There are basic principles on how to energize your students to study. However, these concepts are only theory-based. It is up to you and your students to make it work. Although this is the case, it does not mean that these principles do not work. To motivate and inspire your students, you have to combine theory with action. Here is how you put one theory to action.
- Know your students individually and collectively. Some teachers fail to realize the reasons behind their inability to communicate their teachings. Most of the time, it is because they do not know their students as individuals and as a group. There are students that are overactive, neutral, and passive. Neutral students tend to go with the wind. They can be cooperative or not, depending on the situation. Passive students tend to be aloof or shy. These students are the least cooperative in the group. They shy away but it does not necessarily mean that they cannot excel. Then, there are the overactive students. They can be highly motivated to do certain things. They actually have their own plans. They can do good if they plan to cooperate with you or bad if they want you down. As a group, your students have a hierarchy. There are those that lead and there are those that follow.
- Plan your move. With these facts, you must find a method to attract your students’ attentions. Find their interests and weaknesses. Their interest will shift their attention on you while their weaknesses will let you know the part of them that needs your attention. This will create a more mutually dependent feeling. Plan to have activities other than a classroom lecture. Making your classroom activities varied never fails. It refreshes your students’ minds even if they are just taking a bus ride that most of them take on their way to school and back. As a group, let them follow a particular student subconsciously that has the potential to be everyone’s favorite. Make sure that this student has your vote also.
- Let the facts work. The overactive students make all the fuss around your classroom. If you can get them to cooperate, you will definitely get a more learning-friendly environment. This means that you will need to work on them first. Get their attention first then reward them for any favorable conduct. Although there are only few of these kinds of students, they are usually followed by the neutral students. Neutral students usually have the bulk of a student body. Most of them look for someone to look up to. All you have to do for these students is to keep them as interested as your first group of students. For the passive kind of students, you will need to boost their confidence or check their nutrition and social welfare. These three factors sometimes reveal why they are so detached. Assign them tasks that are well within their capacity. If nutrition is the problem, refer the child to your school clinic or to your guidance counselor if the problem is more of a social one.
Knowledge is good but knowledge put into action is better. Explore more means to motivate your students by applying theory into practice.