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10 Ways to Motivate Students in the Classroom

Peace is a high-school English and literature teacher...her articles are inspired by her classroom experiences.

Motivating Students.

The most challenging aspect of teaching is motivating students. Students who are not motivated will have difficulty learning and will not retain whatever it is they are being taught. First, you have to find out the reason why they show no interest in learning. It could be that they have no interest in the subject or they are simply struggling to learn or several other reasons. While some students naturally love to learn, others need a little push and the teacher can devise a means to motivate them to learn and reach their goal.

When students are motivated, the class is very lively and teaching is fun for both the students and teacher.

"A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard."-- Eliphas Levi.

"A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard."-- Eliphas Levi.

Way to go!

1. Use varied teaching strategies.

Students have different styles and levels of assimilating what they are being taught. Some thrive on their own, while others need to work in a group to stay's always fun to work with other people, mixing and interacting with their peers can help them reach their goals quicker. Therefore, using different instructional strategies will help to meet students' learning needs and improve general learning outcomes.

2. Reward Students' efforts.

Rewarding students for doing something good is a great source of motivation for them to do better. You could give them their favorite pencil or a book. It could also just be something nice you say to them publicly for their hard work. It goes a long way in pushing them to do more and also motivates other students to do the same.

3. Show interest in your students.

It's a good feeling when someone shows genuine interest in you. Asides from knowing your students' names, you should know what they are interested in. It makes it easier to communicate with them. One time, there was a really shy kid in my class who had very few friends and kept to himself most times. One day, during the break, I heard him talking about how Manchester was his favorite football club. I joined in the conversation by telling him that Manchester is my favorite club too and I'd love to visit the city sometime. Since then he was more open to talking to me and became more active in class. I also attend my students' social events whenever I can...I attended a student's ballet dance event and she was glad I came. My presence showed that I was interested in her and it's a positive approval that her work is valid and recognized.


4. Push your students.

Most students seem to feel very relaxed if there's no one to keep them on their toes. Let them know that they can achieve more than they already have if they put in a little more work.

5. Give students room to improve their work.

Sometimes students feel frustrated when they can't tell what they're doing wrong in their school work. Show them what they're not doing right and how they can fix their mistakes so they can do better next time.

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6. Show that you are excited about teaching them.

Take effort to make your subject interesting and be happy while at it. Students will be motivated when they learn that you're happy about teaching them. They share in your excitement and that makes learning easier.

7. Assign duties to your students: An inclusive classroom.

Giving students some work to do in the classroom is a way of instilling a sense of responsibility and letting them be in charge. They will be motivated to perform well to meet teachers and students' expectations. Let all students take turns to carry out classroom duties like pasting new words on the classroom wall, darkening the board on Fridays, decorating the classroom, cleaning and arranging the book shelf. This is so they all feel valued and that their efforts count.

8. Encourage healthy competition.

Competition with games like puzzles, draw sword, and quizzes in the classroom can motivate Students to work hard and it's a good opportunity for students to show their strengths.

9. Let them speak in the classroom.

Encouraging students to share their views and opinions is a way to build their confidence. Every week, In my literature class, I pair students to work on a poem or a short story and at the end of the week, they discuss it in class. At the end of the school year, every student has worked with one another which has over time, helped students to feel a sense of belonging, build their confidence and feel at ease while participating.

10. Build a rapport with your student.

Know your students on a personal level, ask them why they are struggling and what else you can do to help them. If they require a little more attention, then why not? Let them know that you believe in them and they can be successful. Little words of encouragement can be a source of inspiration to them.


© 2021 Peace Tobe Dike


Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 16, 2021:

I'm glad you find it useful. You must have been a very good teacher. Thank you reading, Misbah. Stay blessed

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on May 15, 2021:

Tobe, this is a helpful article. The sixth point you mentioned, "Show that you are excited about teaching them." This is the best. I used to teach my brother when he was young. I remember whenever I showed him that I am excited to teach him. He took more interest in studying with me

Thanks for sharing.


Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 15, 2021:

Yup. Rapport between a student and a teacher creates a comfortable learning environment. Thank you too for taking time to read, Pamela.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 15, 2021:

Thank you for reading, Juma. Stay blessed.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2021:

I think this is an excellent article that tells us how to motivate students in he classroom. That is such an important job for any teacher. I think building a rapport is essential to students listening to you and learning. Thanks for sharing this information.


You just hit to the point. Nice piece.

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