Site Search:
 

Banner

Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index Teacher Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Positive motivation

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Elementary Education
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
eslwendy



Joined: 26 Oct 2011
Posts: 22

PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Positive motivation Reply with quote

I am trying to find better motivators for middle school aged students. At the elementary level it is much easier. Praise, stickers, and homework passes are successful. Those students also seem to have a positive attitude, and want to do well. However, it's often different at the middle school level. They are "too cool" for the usual type of rewards, and a lot of times they do not really seem to care how they perform. It's a difficult age anyway, and I would hope giving them the ability to communicate better with their peers would motivate them. As they approach high school, I also want them to be aware of how important their language skills will need to be to succeed not only academically, but in the workforce so they can lead happy, productive lives. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MegCast



Joined: 06 May 2012
Posts: 14

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: Intrinsic Motivation Reply with quote

I am currently reading Teaching by Principles by H. Douglas Brown, and I have come to learn that finding ways to motivate ELL's is a common challenge for teachers. If students can be motivated intrinsically rather than extrinsically, they will be more likely to succeed. Instead of using extrinsic motivators, such as prizes or rewards, try some intrinsically motivated activities. Hopefully this will help students find their own drive to succeed. Try giving students the opportunity to talk about what interests them, using their own ideas to write freely, or reading about topics that grab their attention, these approaches should help spark students' interest and help them become self-motivated.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
lek72



Joined: 31 Oct 2011
Posts: 22

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Meg. Extrinsic rewards can only encourage the students to respond immediately, but intrinsic motivation has lasting impact on the students' drive for learning and acquiring new knowledge. Intrinsic motivation leads to feelings of competence and success. So, try some intrinsic innovations such as these: student-centered lesson plans, personal goal-setting, individualiation, cooperative learning, group work, set long-term goals, focus on the "big picture," peer evaluation (rather than tests), task-based teaching, routines, and so on. These intrinsic motivations help both children and adults to think and learn--free from the control of rewards (both tangibles and intangibles) and punishments.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
TeacherScrev



Joined: 09 May 2012
Posts: 14

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: positive motivation Reply with quote

I work with both elementary school students and Middle school students. I agree with your observations about student motivation and the correlation to the students’ grade levels. My students in grades 4-6 (six is part of the elementary school) seem to have much more intrinsic motivation than my older students. These students are eager to learn English because they want to and they enjoy the “self-reward” of learning the language due to their own efforts. However, I would be lying if I said that I am not a factor in their learning motivation. They do love to make me happy. Yet, I can see that most of their hard work is based on the personal goals they have set for themselves (establishing personal goals in an activity that I require all newly entered ELLs to do in the ESL classroom). I also believe that their younger age is still governed by their innocence and, as a result, they are more likely to take risk without feeling the pressure of their peers.

My middle school students are as diverse as the languages and cultures they speak. Some are only motivated by external factors; others focus on intrinsic motivators, and still many alternate between the two. It is a difficult age, and there are many uncontrollable factors that influence their behavior in the classroom. The fact that you acknowledge this difficult time for them is very important. Continue to communicate to them the reasons why language skills are important. Show them how advancing their language skills will help them to “lead happy, productive lives”. Continue to give them the security of comfortable routines in the classroom, teach them the importance of self-diagnosis and how that applies to their life-long personal goals.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Elementary Education All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Teachers College, Columbia University: Train to Teach English Here or Abroad
SIT

This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2018 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group