Finding Motivation


  • #UKEdChat session 517.
  • Engaged and curious learners work with the teacher.
  • It is incumbent on the teacher not to abuse this position a be deadly dull.
  • Praise and feedback are motivational double-edged swords.
  • Click here to view the tweet archive.
  • How can we improve motivation for both the learner and yourself?

#UKEdChat session 517 – Even the best of us struggle with motivation at some point. I call this mornings!

Being intrinsically interested in our learning is important. If the learner is engaged and curious they will be working with the teacher. However, it is incumbent on the teacher not to abuse this position a be deadly dull, or worse… demotivating. The research shows that feedback can be a double-edged sword for motivation, especially conducted publically in front of classmates. Praise of the personal, rather than the work can lead to ‘praise dependence’ and any perceived unfair treatment can instantly switch learners off, so explaining your reasoning is vital.

Yet building self-dependence skills and collaborative skills can improves intrinsic motivation. Not only does this improve homework and self-directed learning, but also in class.

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 20th August 2020 at 8pm (UK) we were highly motivated to discuss how to maintain and improve motivation for both the learner and yourself.

Questions

  1. How can praise motivate and demotivate learners?
  2. What aspects of schooling are potentially demotivational, and how can they be mitigated or improved?
  3. What aspects of classroom practice are potentially demotivational, and how can they be mitigated or improved?
  4. How should feedback, whether positive or negative, be conducted to maintain motivational levels?
  5. How does demotivation manifest in learners, and what are your tips to improve the situation?
  6. What do you find most demotivational as a teacher?
  7. How do you maintain your motivation for teaching?
  8. What can senior leaders do to improve the motivation of their staff?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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