Motivation is an important factor that impacts on ourselves. It comes from inside us, to support our ability to achieve goals and excel in life. Keeping our spirits high helps us to achieve our aspirations and goals. According to Paula, “Students are motivated when they believe they are able to succeed at a given task and when they understand and value the outcome of the task.” (2005, p. 34). If students believe that they will be successful, maybe they will have more motivation to do their task very well. In addition, I believe that having an intense desire to achieve what I want is a very important step to motivating myself. If I am not persistent in trying to get what I want, I cannot stay motivated to get it. For example, I was taking too many difficult classes one semester. Sometimes, I felt so bored that it made me lose all my will to continue. The semester that I took Methods of Teaching Social was the most enjoyable ever. The class was interesting because the instructor prepared subjects that aroused our attention. That class kept me motivated up until I finished the semester. This shows how, if teachers care about their students’ motivations, they can help them to achieve their goals in the course. Motivation is influenced by many factors, but the characteristics of the instructor is one of the most important of them. If the instructor is enthusiastic about the course, enhances academic activities, and cares about the students and their goals, they will motivate their students to engage in the subject.
A good teacher is one who use academic activities in the classroom to create opportunities for their students to engage with the material and learn very well. Interesting academic activities will motivate students to achieve more and engage with the material through reading, writing, talking, and listening. Paula goes on to define motivation to learn as “a student’s tendency to find academic activities meaningful and worthwhile and to try to get the intended learning benefits from them.” (2005, p. 34). Motivating students is one of the more difficult things that teachers encounter in the classroom, because a lack of motivation to learn by students will produce poor results. Teachers need to know their students to know their different motivations about learning, so they can help their students to not lose motivation after they start the class. Through my own experience as a student, and by meeting many teachers, I understand the experience of students who try hard to stay motivated. As students. we know that motivation is the power that drives us to learn. A lack of motivation to learn something makes it very difficult to learn that thing. Motivation helps you to continue focus on what you want to achieve. On the other hand, a lack of motivation to learn something will make us to feel too bored to focus on the subject. If we can always remain motivated, we will always be achievers.
A good teacher is who cares about his/her students and their goals, to motivate them to engage in the learning process. The motivations of students are different, because the motivations depend on the students’ needs, especially if they are learning something very important to them. The teachers can learn what is important to the students by asking the students in the first class what they are hoping to learn. That will help teachers to understand their students’ goals. Paula shows that,
“Brophy encourages teachers to establish learning communities in their classrooms by making students feel comfortable, cared about, and empowered. Learning should be emphasized, but within a supportive climate. For optimal learning to occur, students must feel safe and secure whether asking for clarification, venturing opinions, or seeking assistance. Brophy also urges educators to make their classrooms physically attractive to the extent possible.” (2005, p. 34).
She goes to says that Brophy addresses,
“The need to focus on achieving success rather than avoiding failure. When students are successful, that success should be attributed to their ability and effort. Any failures should be attributed to a lack of relevant information and/or effort, but not to a lack of ability.” (2005, p. 34).
Teachers should demonstrate for their students that their efforts will contribute to achieving the students’ goals and that the teacher will support their students in achieving their goals. So, the teachers can’t motivate their students unless they understand the students’ needs or goals. From my experience as an international student, I have had personal, social and academic benefits. I realized that moving to another place can be very fruitful if it has a clear goal, such as studying abroad. I’ve moved from my home in Saudi Arabia to Canada, and had my a goal of learning a new language, to improve my communication skills. But, through my teacher supporting me to get a master’s degree in education, I found a second goal. Although I feel homesick, I motivate myself to achieve my goals. when I try to motivate myself, I push myself to do something that I really care about and want to achieve. I have developed an understanding of my goals, which will influence my entire life. This shows how having aspirations and goals helps have the motivation to make achievements.
Overall, different Students have different things that motivate them to achieve their goals. Teachers can help their students to achieve their goals by encouraging an intense desire to be the best they can be. If teachers and students provide help for each other, they will be able to help each other to achieve success. Students will be successful in theirs lives, while teachers will achieve the outcomes they want in their classes.
Wise, P. (2005). Motivating students to learn [book review]. In The School Psychologist, 59(1) pp. 34-35.
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