How do teachers motivate students to expand their own learning?
Many of us used the question “Will this be on the test?” To motivate us to write down the information. Then we memorize that information for the test. For our students to prepare for college or careers when they leave high school, learning today requires students to problem solve, communicate with others, research, and be proactive.
Many of us worked in jobs for minimum wage. When I worked it was $3.35 an hour. I did what I was asked to do because I would get paid for the work. Many of my co-workers would not want to over produce because we didn’t get paid for it.
The choice of motivation is often extremely tough for students and teachers. At Liberty Union-Thurston we have challenged the teachers to get students to explain the why and how and do less with Who, What, Where and When. Why, because the information is at their fingertips. The goal is the motivated students will explore the concept deeper and with greater interest because they can choose the path. We still expect students to know the who, what, where and when, but that is not the primary focus. This philosophy is supported by major companies asking schools to produce workers that are drug-free, reliable, (show up on time), problem solvers, good communicators, and positive people.
When your child brings home their work and the directions ask them to design, create, explore and investigate a different solution, keep in mind those verbs are motivating verbs used to get the child’s attention to deepen their learning of a subject. The child may hand in a project, report, or solve a problem in a different manner than another child because they are owning their own learning.
Thank you for your continued support and I am honored to be the Liberty Union-Thurston Schools, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Go Lions! ! !
Todd S. Osborn,
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