How Does Motivation Affect the Student’s Perspective on Education?
Motivation is not a one-way street; research shows that motivation comes from both positive and negative reasons. For example, feelings of power and control can be amazing motivating factors for students. Many students find the ability to encourage others to achieve results inspiring. On the other hand, students can also find it annoying. Confronting grades is challenging enough as it is, but students who are not being motivated by positive reinforcement may find struggle to stay positive as they begin to lose interest in their studies. This is a problem because it can lead to an increased tendency to drop out of school.
Striving to be motivated and in control is one of the most necessary things to be aware of in education. For an adult, motivation can come in the form of a fear of losing control, being excited about a skill, or simply the start of a new project. For a student, its impact on performance can come in the form of an excitement or intensity that impresses their teacher and focuses them on their goal. For some students, succeeding in school can simply be a thrill. But, for students who struggle with negative motivation, dropping out can ultimately turn into a dream gone terribly wrong. The fact that schools operate on a day-to-day basis means that teachers’ motivation is subject to change, or dropped altogether. If an incentive is given to one student, another student finds it less motivating to participate. It can even be very harmful to those in third or fourth grade who are working toward higher grades. This is something that teachers do not understand and struggle to deal with.
Students can be motivated through group activities. If students are passionate about a subject or want to do something positive, they can be motivated by watching their teachers and peers challenge each other through group activities. Practicing these skills with peers can allow students to build confidence and push themselves beyond their everyday inhibitions. Empowering students through peer support can take some of the pressure off of teachers to motivate students. It also helps to give students a place to be motivated without feeling judged.
When motivating students, teachers should be mindful of the type of behavior that will make them particularly motivated. For example, students who often complain, chew loudly, and have a lack of focus on their work could be considered lazy or lazy students. Thus, teachers should provide instruction and encouragement that ensures students will achieve success. Furthermore, teachers must be mindful of the relationships students have with them. Teachers should never distance themselves from their students. Instead, they should treat each student with respect. This is because schools tend to destroy student relationships at an early age.
Students have their own interest in studying. Having a strong interest in studying allows students to be motivated, which can make them work longer in school, engage more, and enjoy school more. That is why teachers should encourage students to keep trying their best when studying. If they do not, then some students may not want to keep studying, or at the very least, they may give up. If they do, it would be because they do not want to face failure or be required to do extra work. Teachers should strive to make sure all students have motivation and enthusiasm. It should be a consistent, constant source of motivation that motivates the students to study well and strive toward their goals.
About the Author:
Ki Sung is an educator with eleven years of experience working with students and adults in the South Korean education system. She has worked with students throughout her entire career in education from grades 2 to 8. She is passionate about teaching students the importance of education and their individual abilities.