Tip #1: Greet your students, and greet them with sincerity
Our students are human and, like humans, they require emotional connections in order to feel that they ‘matter’; in order to feel that they ‘belong’ to something.
The simple technique of just saying ‘Hello’, ‘Good morning’ and ‘How are you?’ to students who we see at school can absolutely work wonders for their motivation. When we’re on duty, as we’re walking around corridors or even on our way out of the building at the end of a school day: a quick conversation with a student can really show that we genuinely care about them.
And that’s really what student motivation all boils down to showing kids that we really, truly care about them. When students know that someone in this world cares about them, they feel empowered and validated. We can then use that self-empowerment to get our students to push themselves onwards and upwards to better and greater things.
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