For a myriad of reasons, inspiring students in this generation is becoming increasingly difficult. Educators and youth stakeholders nationwide complain about the attitudes and dispositions of students and its impact on learning. During my multiple interactions with schools, organizations and government agencies nationwide, I noticed five key strategies used to motivate youth towards excellence academically and personally. These are very simple steps that if applied, can produce amazing results.
- Focus On The Student-Often schools and organizations have agendas and the agendas drive their interactions. The best education connectors are those who focus on the student first. By winning the trust of the student, it becomes easier to achieve organizational or individual goals and objectives.
- Recognize Their Efforts-Placing student work on the walls of the classroom is a sure way to show them you recognize their efforts. It tells the students that you care. Create some form of recognizing their efforts for in doing so, they will recognize yours!
- Project Based Learning-Students love working in teams. Occasionally giving them projects to work on together boosts their morale.
- Reverse Psychology-Youth today are used to hearing negative comments about their generation. Find as many ways as possible to complement them. They will at first seem shocked, but after awhile they will begin to look for the recognition.
- Role Models-Bring role models into your school, class or organization as often as possible. A once a year career day cannot combat the onslaught of negative role models our kids see on TV daily. By showing them multiple success stories in their own community, you will increase their level of hope in the classroom.
Motivation is critical to student success. Visit our education page on the speaking page http://coachdspeaks.com/programs/education-programs/ for more information regarding our educator and student motivation events. The more you motivate the kids, the more they will motivate you!
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