Many great educators believe that motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic, is where interest originates. The sense of satisfaction a student gains from having learned something is example of Intrinsic motivation. The student is subsequently motivated to learn more. An extrinsically motivated student, on the other hand, studies for different reasons, such as receiving a reward or avoiding a penalty.
Every child has different levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for any given task. The ultimate goal of all motivational development is, of course, to engender intrinsic motivation in all students. It is vital for educators and parents to have patience and to work towards this goal, step by step.
Here are some tips, from VivaLing’s educators, on how to motivate young learners.
Stop comparing and give some thumbs up…
“Look, Donald’s son got A in Maths.”
“Your friend Jillian came first in writing competition!”,
If this is the sort of thing you tell your kids, please stop now!
We all know that competitiveness can be a driving force when it comes to performing well, but it also has negative effects such as stress, loss of confidence, depression, etc.
Why not give your kids more encouragement? Provide them with positive feedback and help them set realistic expectations. Give them a thumbs when they reach a milestone!
Studies have shown that encouragement helps to build self-esteem, motivation, and cooperation in children. Note that encouragement is not the same as praise. The effect of encouragement “You shared your book. Thank you!” is quite different from the effect of praise “You’re such a good boy!” Parents and educators should always aim to give their compliments with details- be constructive. It makes more sense to the kids, and will help to motivate them further.
Gamifying the learning process
Gamification is a technique that is rapidly gaining popularity, when it comes to engaging learners in the e-learning field. It’s not about getting students to make up their own games, or about playing commercially-made video games. It’s about applying game-related principles – particularly those relating to user experience and engagement – to facilitate learning and influence student behavior.
Compared to traditional learning, which focuses on meeting specific learning outcomes, gamification offers many possible benefits. Gamification promotes a fun, relaxed learning environment that will ultimately foster intrinsic motivation along the way.
It is worth highlighting that customised gamification can further boost a student’s interest. Remember the picture of Elsa at the beginning of this article? VivaLing coaches build a rapport with young learners by tailoring the teaching materials to the student’s interests and making it fun!
Stories always help
From the Aesop’s Fables to modern, inspirational picture books, good stories can always empower kids with positive energy and sow the seeds of imagination.
Reading a story together is also important. According to OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), telling stories or reading books to children when they are very young is strongly related to how well they read and how much they enjoy reading later on.
Good educators always engage students with story telling and role play. This motivates students to explore the world of books, helping them to gain more from reading and studying later on.