Getting Your Child Motivated for This School Year
Getting Your Child Motivated
Getting back into the swing of things for another school year may feel like a drag for many kids. However, in order for kids to succeed in the classroom, they have to make that shift from summer vacation into the school mode. Whose job is it anyway to help ignite that spark and passion for learning?
There are things that kids find naturally curious and fun to do without receiving any reward for doing it, called intrinsic motivation where the desire to keep doing something comes from within that person. However, there are things that kids are motivated to do if they receive a reward, such as receiving praise, money, a treat, or a sticker. This is called extrinsic motivation where the desire to do something comes from an outside reward.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Motivation
The big question is, “How do you create a love for learning that is intrinsic and can be applied in all facets of a child’s life?” Before you answer that question, you may want to assess your reactions to different scenarios that go on in your day-to-day world with your children. Think back to when your child would not want to do something and how you got them to do it? Did you use bribery, coercion, criticism? Did you make threats, offer reminders, provide encouragement or simply give up trying?
Provide Encouragement and Positive Feedback
When children experience success at something they do, they feel more encouraged to continue doing what brings them joy, excitement, and satisfaction. However, there are those times when a child becomes frustrated after trying to accomplish a certain task. Knowing your child’s strengths and weaknesses can help you provide the tools that a child needs to assist them in overcoming obstacles they face. Children who have trouble putting their words on paper to express their thoughts would benefit from using a program that performs talk to text features.
English as a Second Language Learners may find it challenging to grasp the language and get excited about learning the language. Having a friend or a group of friends who are native speakers can help in their support system and provide confidence to improve their speaking and understanding of the language.
Students who have learning difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorders and such may require accommodations, such as assistive technology and/or scaffolding of instruction to meet their unique needs.
“Strong motivation is the most important factor in getting you to the top.” –Edmund Hillary (New Zealand mountaineer)
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