Motivational skills: improving student engagement and motivation

Motivational skills: improving student engagement and motivation


Workshop Objectives:

This training is designed for persons who teach who lead or work in schools, its’ main goal being to understand how pupils management works and creating a better learning experience for the students by motivating them to do the right things.

Motivation Management it’s a methodology that gives the students the abilities and know-how of creating classrooms with great bonding, productivity and more fun and motivation.
Since a new generation takes over the schools, it is necessary to understand how to motivate younger individuals and increase the efficiency of learning by 10-21% in 6 months

PROGRAMME

 

DAY 1-  INTRODUCTION

  1. Icebreakers, getting to know each other, overview of the course
  2. Inspirational examples of good motivation – world record holders; outstanding individuals, etc.
  3. Being a teacher:  
    • what makes us who we are, what motivates us, our needs, challenges,  teaching skills
    • school and classroom atmosphere
    • different teaching styles, roles of teachers, challenges and expectations in present and future education system
    • how motivation affects our learning and behavior, correlation between teacher motivation and student motivation
  4.  Introduction to motivation
  • Motivation of our students – most important influences (internal, external, expectation of success)
  • Motivation to learn; general – the source comes from the student, stabile, general predisposition, specific – outside source, a tendency towards specific area, more easy to change

 

DAY 2 OVERVIEW of the BASIC CONCEPTS

THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

  •  Application of theoretical concepts to the classroom
  •  Explanation of motivation, student behaviour and relationship between motivation and the general level of accomplishment in school surrounding

Needs – motives – actions  - understanding how the different needs influence student behavior, deficiency motivation and growth motivation

Types of needs (Murray): the need, the pressure, aperception  - explanations of the learners’ behaviour, how to recognize the diverse needs and motivation of our students and their intensity

Importance of 3 needs : Need for achievement (the drive to excel), Need for power(the desire to cause others to behave in a way that they would not have behaved otherwise) Need for affiliation (the desire for friendly, close interpersonal relationships), understanding and detecting gender differences

 

HUMANISTIC TRADITION

Holistic approach, importance of choice and student engagement, importance of empathy, contact and relationship, important role of teachers in the personality development

 

Hierarchy of needs (Maslow)

Explanation of general human needs, understanding their interconnectedness, dependency upon external circumstances, recognizing individual differences, noticing how most human behavior is multi-motivated

 

Self-actualization (Maslow and Rogers)

Recognizing characteristics of self-actualized individuals, how to foster our students’ feelings of self-worth

 

Person-Centered Approach (Carl Rogers)

How to empower and motivate a student, how to avoid conditional positive regard, how to encourage the capacity for personal growth leading towards self-actualisation, detecting anxiety as an important signal, characteristics of a fully functioning person, how to use some effective communication skills in the classroom

 

DAY 3   INCREASING MOTIVATION

SELF-MOTIVATION:

  • How to maintain the high level of our own motivation in personal and professional life; tips, strategies and skills
  • Important role of emotional intelligence – the connection with self-actualizing tendency
  • Teacher motivation as a key ingredient for any change

 

 STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION

  •  Introduction to our classrooms (Getting to know the schools and classrooms of the participants and their everyday practice - brief presentations of the participants)

 

Classroom atmosphere

Types of classroom atmosphere - prevailance of learning orientation or performance orientation; importance of cooperative classroom – successful examples from schools

The effects of competitive classroom  – motivating or destructive?

Encouraging positive emotions in the classroom – how emotions affect learning

 

HOW TO MOTIVATE OUR STUDENTS

1) HOW TO INCREASE THE ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION

  •  How to choose goal and succes oriented activities, typical traits of individuals with high achievement motivation, how to recognize our own tendencies and tendencies of our students (are they oriented toward attaining success or avoiding failure)

 

     a) Failure avoidance

  •  How to recognize our students’ failure-avoidant behavior and how to deal with learned helplessnes. Strategies that help decrease students’ negative habits directed toward failure avoidance

 

     b) Relationship between teachers’ expectations and student learning

How our beliefs and expectations affect the intellectual progress and self-image of our students.

Habits that need to be changed - unconscious transfer of negative expectations to low performing students.

Recommended ways of expressing our expectations of success, improving learning skills and increasing motivation in

low-achieving students. Successful examples of positive expectations.

 

     c) Learning or performance orientation

Recognizing typical behavior and strategies of students directed toward different goals. How to shift the basic orientation from performance to learning.

 

Day 4  -  INCREASING MOTIVATION

1) HOW TO INCREASE THE MOTIVATION TO LEARN

  •  Understanding the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation

 

     a) How to increase the intrinsic motivation

Identifying factors that influence students’ interest in learning

Mastering different strategies: adapting to the interests of students, introducing various methods and activities,

importance of feedback, active involvement of students, curiosity encouragement, practical goal setting, etc.

 

    b) How to increase the extrinsic motivation

The impact of different strategies: rewarding students (how to reward, impact of rewards on student performance and motivation, how to provide students with informative feedback which is frequent, clear and direct)

 

2) HOW TO REWARD STUDENTS’ EFFORT AND PROGRESS

Praise and reward  – effective and ineffective praise, tips for giving an effective praise, importance of self-praise - teaching students to correctly praise themselves

Individual learning expectations method – how to reward progress not outcome

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The benefits of cooperative learning – When implemented well, cooperative learning encourages achievement, student discussion, active learning, student confidence, and motivation. Guidelines to follow when organizing cooperative learning groups

Using Web 2. Tools in Teaching and Learning, introduction to recommended apps and learning platforms: Edmodo, Socrative, Prezi, Kahoot, Webquest, etc.

 

Day 5 -  Ideal motivation – ideal learner

  1. Motivation in a classroom and outside of classroom – learning from the examples of good practice; introducing alternative schools and their principles; different approaches to education and learning, examples of effective strategies and methods.
  2. Attaining the goal – ideal learning = self-regulated learning

Self-regulated learning as a self-directive process by which learners transform their mental abilities into academic skills.

 

Self-regulated learning model – how to teach our students to take control of their own learning.

  1. Final thoughts, suggestions, evalution, farewell

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