First Year Teaching Tips for Behavior Management
Motivators and Incentives
Students’ enthusiasm for learning, engagement, and participation can be greatly increased through the use of motivators and incentives in the classroom. These help develop their interests so that they look forward to coming to school each day and being involved in classroom activities.
- Understand that learning can’t be fun 100% of the time, but it should be engaging.
- Create a space that stimulates motivation to learn.
- Design interesting, relevant, hands-on lessons around an appropriate grade-level curriculum.
- Create an environment where students can be successful.
- Help students understand the value of what they are learning, so that they participate more in the process and therefore comprehend more.
Student Motivation Through lnstruction
Increasing the students’ desire and interest in their own education is the key to their being motivated. Several proven motivational techniques are provided below.
- Realize that the ultimate goal is to develop self-motivated students.
- Remember that incentives can be simple. They don’t even have to be purchased. The key is recognition, follow-through, and consistency.
- Realize that all students can benefit from motivators and incentives.
- Let students know that you like them and that you expect good behavior from them.
- Strive to find something good and worthwhile in every student. Every student deserves recognition.
- Play a key role in generating self-confidence and motivation in your students.
Provide Detailed Feedback
Provide students with feedback on all of their submitted work: Students want to know if they have completed their work correctly.
- Never give an assignment that you are not willing to score or grade.
- Provide meaningful comments.
- Return students’ work with feedback: Unreturned or ungraded work provides no motivation.
Provide Support to Unenthusiastic Students
Students who don’t seem to care about schoolwork need extra attention. These are students who struggle, for whom school is a constant challenge just to keep up, and who are often unenthusiastic about learning because of outside factors.
- Hold high expectations for all students.
- Reinforce students’ perceptions of themselves as successful.
- Design instruction that is interesting, relevant, and hands-on.
- Provide opportunities for all students to succeed. You can do this by adding a variety of components—either required or optional—to a lesson: an art component, an oral presentation, or a hands-on project.
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