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K.S. - U.K. said:
Motivation in the classroom
I choose this topic because I think, motivation is the most important part of a lesson. If you are motivated you can learn everything. Success or failure of a class are depending over all on motivation. _____________________________________________________________ Motivation in the classroom consists mainly of three factors that always interact and influence each other: the teacher, the students and external factors. The first part of my article is about the three key factors and what makes them important for motivation in classroom. (44) The second part is about the practical usage and here, the main question is: "How do you do it in class and in preparation for class"? (26) 1.1 The teacher The teacher is the key person to any motivation and one key factor. It is very rare that students can skip or influence motivation, it is more upon the teacher and his role. This makes him and his behaviour so important in class. Teachers are only people as well and could have a bad day, but a teacher should really try to avoid this and always start a lesson in a good mood, positive and highly motivated. It is part of his job and most important for a good and motivated atmosphere in class. This is only the start of the function the teacher has in class related to motivation in class. During the lesson, he is the instance to controll and to guide the lesson and students into the right direction. This happens in two possible ways: One way is the topics and the way the lesson is organized. This is too important, so, this has even an own section here (see 2.2). But behaviour of the teacher during class in the other way: It is not enough to start with a smile. It is important to stay nice, be respectfull and go the right way to treat the students. This is most important and the part of the teacher to go during the whole lesson, even at the end and you can motivate students even after class, when you met them accidently on the street. So, key factor number one is the teacher and his behaviour. (249) 1.2 The students The second key factor is the students. Here is the question of motivation the age and the previous motivation to join this course. Very young learners, cannot decide if they should join a course or not, but because they are young, it is easy to motivate through games. Teenagers that are forced to join course might be harder to motivate, here it is very important to focus much more on their interests. Adult learners that come out of their own motivation or have a need to learn, because they want to travel or do business, have a high motivation by themselfe and don't need a lot of motivation. So, key factor number two for motivation is the age of the students and their motivation to join the class (except very young learners). (131) 1.3 External factors The third key factor is an external factor. This includes time and day, weather and any further things happening around class. On a grey monday morning, the motivation is different, than on a nice tuesday afternoon. For motivation in class, this has to be kept in mind. Sometimes it is impossible to plan those factors, so, it is important to always be able to improvise to keep motivation in class on a high level. (75) 2.1 Collect information Depending on class, it is very important to collect any information to create an interesting and motivating atmosphere. It is important to find out, what level the students are, what their interest beside language is and what is important for them to learn. Of coures, this all depends on age and motivation for the course. The process of collection should happen all the time, not only in the first lesson but should continue all the time, to be able to improvise, if needed. All those information should help creating a good motivation in class through planing lessons with topics and a duable level for the students. (108) 2.2 Realization of motivation Collecting information helps a lot to plan and to realize a motivating atmosphere in class. This comes through using the collected information and transforming them into lesson plans or into special behaviour towards special groups or individuals in class. So realization happens via planing the lesson and in class itsself, through using the collected information. (56) 2.3 Adjustment / improvement Always adjust your collected information, planing and behaviour in class. If there is news or changes, use it and improve your planning or behaviour. Motivating is a constant process and is always changing like the environement. Always adjusting further reduces improvising and makes all planing saver to provide a motivating class. (51)