Motivation in the Classroom

As teachers, we need to make sure that we are motivating our students as much as possible in the classroom. However, it is easier said than done. Most teachers would be inclined to automatically turn to reward and punishment. As Carol Weinstein says, reward and punishment is a lot like training a dog. If we give them a treat for doing something, they will be more inclined to do it. While punishment and reward are very important, it is not always the answer though. Being able to motivate our students through self regulation is the goal, and the key to this is engaging students. By making class and school time all around interactive for the students in a positive way, they will want to keep coming back to class and seeing what they can learn and put into action next. For example, I am currently doing a project about motivating students to clean up after themselves. One of the solutions to this problem is to engage students in creating a technological solution, like a conveyor belt that students can put their lunch trays on. It will help get the lunchroom clean because they students will want to use their invention. Miracles can happen in the classroom when teachers make more effort to engage their students.

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