Motivating Materials Development. Brian Tomlinson. Question: What motivates teachers?. The answer is MORE. M oney O pportunities R esponse E nergy. M oney 1 From promotion 2 From commercial opportunities. O pportunities 1 Of increased job satisfaction 2 Of increased recognition
What motivates teachers?
The answer is MORE.
1 From promotion
2 From commercial opportunities
1 Of increased job satisfaction
2 Of increased recognition
3 Of career advancement
1 From their students
2 From their colleagues
3 From their ‘bosses’
1 For themselves
2 For their students
How can teachers get MORE?
From developing materials for their students.
Stimulate and help them to develop materials to motivate their students.
1 The teacher ‘performs’ a story, joke, poem, scene from a play, personal anecdote, news item etc.
2 The teacher leaves a short silence.
3 There are no questions or tasks.
4 The students take a written copy if the text has engaged them.
Develop a library of potentially engaging texts.
Develop a readiness activity which aims to activate the minds of the learners in relation to the topic/theme/location of the text.
Develop an activity which aims to help the learners to respond multi-dimensionally whilst experiencing the text.
Develop an initial response activity which aims to help the learners to deepen and articulate their personal responses to the text.
Design a development activity which aims to stimulate the learners to create their own text relating to the core text they have experienced.
Develop an input response activity which aims to deepen the learners’ understanding of the core text and/or to help them to discover how the writer has used language to achieve effect.
Direct the learners to return to the text they have developed and to make use of their discoveries to improve it.
The main message to all teachers is:
Motivate yourself to motivate your students.