At some point, it's undeniable that students may feel bored, daunted, or even demotivated while learning in the classroom. Admit it, if you're a teacher, you must have faced this kind of moment at least once throughout your teaching career.

But the question is, what would you do when that moment hits you? Of course, you need to find some ways to make them feel motivated again.

If you have experienced this moment before or are currently experiencing it, here are our 9 killer tips on how to motivate your students to learn!

1. Build a personal connection with students

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Each student has their own unique interest. To get to know them, try having a casual talk with each of them to dig into their interests, what they like, and what they don't like when learning.

Once you fully understand them, you can arrange some classroom activities that will fit their interests. Surely, by creating classroom activities that attract them, they will feel more motivated to learn.

2. Freshen up your classroom layout

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How do you usually set your classroom? Do you routinely change the seating arrangements?

Apparently, changing the layout of the classroom may affect how one will learn! With a new seating arrangement, students can feel refreshed and experience a new ambience to learn.

There are many seating arrangements that you can try, some of them including the oval layout, U-shape, or group pods.

Six examples of seating arrangements
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Don't forget to set a schedule as well. You can change the layout every two weeks, or also adjust it according to what you feel is most suitable.

3. Change the learning formats

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Just sitting in a classroom and listening to your lectures all the time will not always do the magic.

If you want to motivate them, try putting your students in pairs or groups. That way, students can choose their own friends to learn with, and they will be more motivated to learn.

Alternatively you can also hold outdoor learning activities. It can be in your school's park, library, or even go the the nearest museum to get a fresh air.

4. Give your appreciation

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This actually plays an important role to get students pumped up, especially for young learners. It only takes small tokens of appreciation to keep them motivated, so make sure you do this routinely!

To give you an idea, as simple as a "Good job!", "What a wonderful work you have there!", or "You really nailed it!" will work. But of course, you need to add more elaboration about what's good, so they can also learn from your opinions.

5. Set your lesson goal

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Before you step into your classroom and start teaching, make sure you have already prepared what you want your students to achieve through your lesson in the first place.

When you already mark the target, it's easier to point out what kind of activities you will use to motivate your students learn. That's why creating a lesson plan will never fail you!

Read also: Is Making Lesson Plan Worth the Pain? Check These 4 Benefits!

6. Distribute clear instructions

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Sometimes, vague instructions are what make students feel demotivated to learn. As they don't understand what they should do, they choose to give up and abandon the learning.

Therefore, when you are planning activities, it's also important to plan first on how to give your instructions. You can provide practical examples, and then give them the time to ask, until every single student understands.

7. Create interactive lessons

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For students, looking at textbooks constantly might drain them. To boost up their spirit of learning, it's totally okay to set aside the textbooks. Instead, you can utilize technology and blend it into your lesson.

Here are our ideas: you can create a simple game, or even make use of impressive visuals! And when you're in doubt on what to do, you can rely on our platform, Assemblr EDU.

In Assemblr EDU, you can create visually-attracting AR presentations, AR flash cards, and many more! It's a free platform, and you can download it through your smartphone.

8. Provide clear feedbacks

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When you are correcting a mistake, keep in mind that you have to do it as clear as possible. Also, try to be compassionate while explaining them what they did wrong. Don't let your anger control you. After that, you should also explain what they should do from that point to correct their mistakes.

9. Keep yourself motivated

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Ultimately, it all goes back to you. So now, time to check and ask yourself, "Am I motivated enough when I teach?"

As a teacher, you must have the positive energy and be able to transfer the sparks of learning to your students. And believe us, when students see you feeling excited to teach, they will also feel the same!

How to keep you motivated? Try these: you can search for new tools or even try different teaching methods or techniques to apply on your classroom.

Now that you already understand the tips, time to apply them for your teaching activities right away! And if you are looking for other tips related to educational purposes, browse through our EDU Insights page.


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