'Be somebody nobody thought you could be.'
Sunita, a girl from a little known town, puts in 10-12 hours of hard work everyday in order to get through the various Engineering Entrance examinations. Hemant, a physically challenged boy, wants to take a part in an expedition and trains himself extensively in a mountaineering institute. Aman saves money from his scholarship so that he can buy a gift for his mother. These are just few examples, which indicate the role motivation plays in human behavior.
Each of these behaviours are caused by an underlying motive. Behaviour is goal-driven. Goal seeking behaviour tends to persist until thee goal is achieved. For achieving their goals people plan and undertake different activities.
Few ideas to Improve one's Motivation:
1. Give students a sense of control: While guidance from a teacher is important to to keep the kids motivated, allowing students to have some choice and control over what happens in the classroom is actually one of the best ways to keep them engaged. For example, allowing students to choose the type of assignment they do or which problems to work on can give them a sense of control that may just motivate them to do more.
2. Define the objectives: It can be very frustrating for students to complete an assignment or even to behave in class if there aren’t clearly defined objectives. Students want and need to know what is expected of them in order to stay motivated to work. At the beginning of the year, lay out clear objectives, rules, and expectations of students so that there is no confusion and students have goals to work towards.
3.Offer varied experiences: Not all students will respond to lessons in the same way. For some, hands-on experiences may be the best. Others may love to read books quietly or to work in groups. In order to keep all students motivated, one can mix up lessons so that students with different preferences will get time to focus on things they are best at. Doing so will help students stay engaged and pay attention.
4. Use positive competition: Competition in the classroom isn’t always a bad thing, and in some cases can motivate students to try harder and work to excel.
5. Offer rewards: Everyone likes getting rewards, and offering the students the chance to earn them is an excellent source of motivation. Things like pizza parties, watching movies, or even something as simple as a sticker on a paper can make students work harder and ardently aim to achieve.
6. Give praise when earned: There is no other form of motivation that works as good as encouragement. Even as adults we crave recognition and praise, and students at any age are no exception. Teachers can give students a bounty of motivation by rewarding success publicly, giving praise for a job well done, and sharing exemplary work.
7. Making things fun: Not all class work needs to be a game or a good time, but students who see school as a place where they can have fun will be more motivated to pay attention and do the work that’s required of them than those who regard it as a chore.
8. Provide opportunities for success: Students who are good at their work can become frustrated and demotivated when they feel like they’re struggling or not getting the recognition that other students are. One should make sure that all students get a chance to play to their strengths and feel included and valued. It can make a world of difference in their motivation.
9. Goal setting: One should set goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and are time based. Such goals will motivate a person to work even more harder.
10. One should get a feedback and have chances to improve: Students who struggle with class work can sometimes feel frustrated and get down on themselves, draining motivation. In these situations teachers can help students to learn exactly where they went wrong and how they can improve the next time.