Monday, October 26, 2009

How to Motivate

Motivating students can be a very difficult task because in many ways learning can be a cumbersome task. Students have to learn the skill then practice and study before they can really understand it. A lot of times practice can become boring even to the most studious student. Therefore teachers have to be inventive in the ways that they motivate students. Students have to be in structured environments and project based learning environments are the most innovative ways to create motivating experiences.
Projects help students to do something that is just not out of the book. It helps students to create meaningful examples of their learning. Egbert (2009) believes that project based learning helps students to become more motivated. I agree that when students are involved in hands on activities they seem that they are more open to participating. Participation is the first battle. Therefore, to conclude I feel that this was a very good point to motivate students by using the correct methods of project based activities.
Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting learning with technology: Essentials of classroom practice. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall.


  1. You made some important points about learning! I try and follow the model that you explained in your post. I try to keep things interesting for my students by diversifying the learning activities I involve them in. Giving them projects like movie-making, online scrapbooking, and creating wikis give students creative ways to apply their newly acquired knowledge.

  2. If you really consider your learners, you will plan projects which reflect their interests. This will help combat some of the reluctance to participate. Perhaps an interest survey would provide some insight as to what your students like...