Source: Agatha: http://www.whybluesky.org
Few Teachers would deny that motivated students are easier to teach or that students who are interested in learning do, in fact, learn more. So how do teachers motivate their students? Here are some practiced, tried and true strategies to get and keep your students intesrted in learning.
1. Know your students’s names and use their names as often as possible
2. Plan for every class; never try to wing it
3. Pay attention to the strengths and limitations of each of your students. Reward their strength and strengthen their weaknesses
4. If possible, set your room in a U-shape to encourage interaction among students
5. Vary your instructional strategies; use lectures, demonstrations, discussions, case studies, groups and more
6. Review the learning objectives with your students. Be sure students know what they are expected to learn, do know,e.t.cf
7. Move around the room as you teach
8. Make your classes relevant. Be sure students see how the content relates to them and the world around them
9. Be expressive. Smile
10. Put some excitement into your speech; vary your pitch, volume and rate
11. Give lots of exams
12. Encourage students to share their ideas and comment, even if they are incorrect. You’ll never know what students don’t understand unless you ask them.
13. Maintain eye contact and move towards your students as you interact with them. Nod your head to show that you are listening to them
14. Provide opportunities for students to speak to the class
15. Be available before class starts, during break, and after class to visit with students
16. Return assignments and test to students as soon as possible reasonably possible. Provide constructive feedback
17. Be consistent in your treatment of students
18. Make sure that your exams are current, valid and reliable. Tie your assessments to your course objectives.
19. Plan around 15-20 minutes cycles. Students have difficulty maintaining attention after a longer period of time
20. Involve your students in your teaching. Ask for feedback

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