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Ways to Keep Students Motivated in Classroom


If there is one thing that we know for certain, it is that students have short attention spans and they prefer procrastinating to learning. In order to achieve optimum learning outcomes, it is important that students find lessons being taught interesting and that instructors possess the calibre to keep students inspired.

Since teachers are at the frontline, they have the power to influence what students learn and how they learn. Here are 6 ways to keep students motivated in a classroom-

1. Appreciating students for both small and big achievements- The role of appreciation in keeping individuals inspired cannot be discounted. In academics, no achievement-whether small or big- should go unrecognised. Acknowledging students’ hard work by praising them for good work and improvement in scores, displaying good work in the classroom, sending appreciation notes to parents and holding monthly awards can go a long way in keeping students encouraged to do better.

2. Set high yet realistic expectations- It is often said that to land in the stars, one should aim for the moon. Set high expectations for students so that they push themselves beyond their perceived capabilities to achieve more and better. They should be made to realise that they are capable of attaining more with more efforts. Instructors should, however, set realistic and achievable expectations to prevent students from getting demotivated.

3. Act as a role-model- Students, especially in their early teens, tend to emulate what their teachers do. So, set good examples. For instance- if you want to imbibe punctuality in students, make sure you manage your time well. Acting as role-models can be a more potent tool in influencing behaviours and learning outcomes when compared to the efficacy of motivational lectures.

4. Adopt different teaching methodologies- Classrooms are filled with students who have different learning needs, come from varied educational backgrounds, have short attention spans and interests and who have different comprehension abilities. Using different and innovative instructing methods – videos, graphs and charts, images, field trips, brainstorming sessions, presentations etc. that cater to all type of learners can improve both academic scores of students and their cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

5. Assign classroom jobs- Passive learning techniques no longer keep students inspired enough to learn actively. It is important to make them feel that they own the learning process and are an important part of the classroom. Assigning responsibilities to students that relate to their interests and skills encourages them to engage actively in classwork. For instance, teachers may assign students job roles such as updating the classroom boards regularly, presenting skits on topics relevant to the curriculum, cleaning board, switching off lights after class, maintaining order, etc.

6. Lay due emphasis on extra-curricular activities- Teachers must tie academics to extra-curricular activities such as debate, sports, music competition and cultural performances. This will help students in imbibing competitive spirit which will reflect directly in their academics and performance.

By Deeksha Shivhare
Sr. Executive DigiCom - Content
Redefine Marcom Pvt. Ltd.