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Collaborative Motivation

9 Dec

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As an educator, one of the most important parts of my job is motivating my students.  When they come in dragging or feeling that they will never understand math or any other subject in which they have challenges, it is my job to continue to believe in and encourage them that they can and will be successful, however in order for student motivation to work and be sustained, it must be a home and campus wide initiative. Parents, teachers and administrators are the most influential sources when it comes to academic motivation and our kids need to know that we are behind them 100%!

Here are 3 tips to inspire collaborative motivation:

  1. Welcome Assembly– At the beginning of the school year; arrange an assembly where the administrators discuss student expectations, discipline plans, GPA requirements, and standardized testing requirements. This will also give administrators a platform to introduce themselves and give the students a motivational pep talk.
  2. Academic Pep Rallies– Pep rallies are not just for athletics anymore. Sometimes we need some serious pom pom stimulation for our brains. Throughout the year organize academic pep rallies to encourage students to do well on state and district-wide tests. These rallies will keep them aware of the importance of meeting test standards while challenging them to meet those standards in a way that is fun and supportive.
  3. Campus-Wide Competition– Maybe it’s just my personal nature, but I love a little healthy competition. Organize fun ways for different classes of students to compete for prizes or awards (nothing like good old bragging rights) with their test scores and percentages. This will not only motivate individual students but will allow students to motivate and help one another.

For anything to work everyone must be on board.  Try out some of these campus wide initiatives to motivate your students, but even when this is not possible, find small ways to motivate them each day and they will continue to improve.

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents