Motivation: Students’ Path to Achievement
- October 27, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
While there may be many different teaching methods, there is a single component that makes education exciting, desirable, magical, inspiring and life-changing – motivation. Without it most of us would not even get out of bed in the morning, much less be enthusiastic about achieving excellence in how and what we learn.
What does it take to truly motivate students to high levels of achievement through motivation? Are there ways to capture that unique thing that sparks excitement and passion in a student’s learning?
Students need to know what’s expected of them to start out. When high, yet realistic expectations are voiced early on, students have a benchmark. When they reach set goals, that’s the time to motivate them even further by celebrating their achievements.
Recognition, whether in class, at home, or among friends is a huge motivator. It’s also a confidence-builder. A competition in class followed by awards can be a stimulator. It may seem old fashioned, but there is still lots to be said for sending notes home to parents when students excel. Everyone loves recognition.
Generating enthusiasm for a subject can stir up students’ imaginations and motivate them to find new avenues to explore. This is true whether it’s a favorite subject the teacher likes or suggestions taken by a vote in class. This can easily catch on and other students are motivated to dig deeper in a topic.
When students identify with topics that are part of their everyday lives, they relate more to the importance of learning. Helping students discover what they “love to do” is embedded in the Yorktown Education culture. Determining that and then sharing ideas about subjects they love is a win-win for everyone.
At Yorktown, our students are constantly motivated, if not by their own internal drive and passion, then by the exceptional environment focused on their individual learning style. Teachers, classmates and family are all a major part of our “Do What You Love” environment. Expectations are clear and the resources are available at Yorktown to help students rise to their highest aspirations.