Motivating the Teenage Mind Dr Eva Hoffman Inspired Learning www.inspiredlearning.info
The mind will only absorb what the emotions will allow. Heim Ginott
When attempting to motivate learners, how important is WHAT we teach and how important is HOW we teach? HOW WHAT
skills Life success Emotional well-being Learning achievement
I’m bored... Why bother… I’m rubbish at this… School is boring...
horse Every force meets with resistance
Expand your repertoire of practical tools - transform the attitudes of pupils - raise pupils' achievement - make your own work more effective
Part III Part V Part I
Seven keys to unlock self-motivation
Give choices and teach about choices and their consequences
Your life will be to a large extend the result of all the choices you will make. Make the best choices you can!
Your ultimate choice – the choice of attitude learning a waste of time, can’t get jobs anyway broadens the mind road to successful life
Having no choice results in • resistance against imposed tasks • rebellious attitude • anger or indifference • poor or no motivation
awaken curiosity and interest
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery
What you can do to awaken curiosity ? ... ? ask rather than tell
What you can do to awaken curiosity ‘spice’ up lessons with fascinating facts
What you can do to awaken curiosity make use of ‘mystery and suspense’
What you can do to awaken curiosity organise ‘orchestrated learning’ sessions
Lack of curiosity and interest results in • indifference • boredom • disengagement of senses • poor or no motivation
make learning relevant
WIIFM what’s in it for me???
What is relevant to me? things about ME things I am interested in something to help me achieve my goals
relevance chain your goal possible outcomes possible long-term relevance possible immediate relevance what you have to do
Seeing no relevance results in • negative attitude • indifference to task • a need to rebel • doing the absolute minimum • poor or no motivation
inspire ambition teach to set goals
Only those who have a dream can make their dream come true.
Make use of motivational materials books films songs stories quotes
Four kinds of goals what I want to have what I want to achieve how I want to feel what kind of person I want to be
my dream life
Lack of goals and dreams results in • aimless drifting • leaving everything to chance or others • seeing no sense in life and work • poor or no motivation
There is nobody in the whole world exactly like you. You are unique. Learn to appreciate your uniqueness.
Having no confidence results in • a sense of helplessness and inadequacy • covering-up strategies such as withdrawal, aggression or fooling around • a negative attitude (‘can’t do it anyway’) • poor or no motivation
Life is like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. How you handle the ups and the downs is vital to your progress and growth.
Seven steps to success and the KITB, critical moment 7. celebrate 6. complete 4. continue 5. continue 3. continue 2. start 1. decide KITB
Become an optimist Practise focussing on peoples’ positive characteristics Practise finding something good in challenging situations A half-full glass
Lack of resilience results in • inability to complete any project • no chance to experience success • further drop in self-esteem • poor or no motivation
Make a habit of celebrating your achievement !