You’ll look for ways to improve the methods by which you teach as you transition from being a pupil, child, or subordinate towards being a teacher, parent, or leader. While riding the aging process none have yet escaped, we begin thinking about how we make our mark on the world that taught us all we know. We begin presenting information in packages we hope others accept and understand. Much like growing as a student, the growth of a teacher doesn’t seem to reach a level of perfection; only a constant state of improvement. Let this advice become an addition to your quest for improving as a teacher.
There will be times when your pupils become unmotivated to continue learning the information at hand. You will sense this lack of motivation through various avenues such as difficulty remaining focused, protests, and general absence in the time of learning. Let’s explore the actions you should take in the face of your students’ loss of motivation for the important lessons they’re exposed to. It is essential for you to not be forceful in your methods of raising their levels of interest, as that will serve to hurt rather than help your cause.
Interest Is Piqued by Teasing
Interest levels are the culprit of the low motivation levels to learn in others. The process of learning is seamless and possibly subconscious when our interest is high for the topic at hand. Rather than following a standard set of methods for understanding information, we explore our interests and the things which tease them. Let the times you experiences a peak in interest towards specific domains drive your philosophy of teaching others. Imagine there being a love story between the content and the student. Falling in love is what you want to endorse, but an arranged marriage is not the way to do it.
Your job as a teacher in any domain involves the introduction of content and presenting it in desirable ways. An important aspect of desire which many teachers do not take advantage of is the notion of the tease. Your first time making love to an idea involved a lot of teasing if you were to closely analyze. You may have seen a picture, read a sentence, or heard a phrase once and not gone back to those ideas for a period of time. However, those teases are what called on you to explore ideas further in efforts to satisfy your certain intellectual desire. You thereby returned, and found yourself binging on those teases – becoming engulfed in the information which interests you.
Master being a tease of information and present the “sexiest” aspects of ideas you aim to teach. Allow your students to be introduced to information but not feel forced to make love to the aspects which comprise the lesson as a whole. If they’ve had enough, allow them to follow other desires. Trust the information you present to tease your students in implicit manners, without ever feeling the need to explicitly state the importance of the knowledge those lessons contain.
Timelines, Deadlines, and Grades
There will come time when the information you attempt to teach is simply bland and boring. Like a partner who does not know how to tease and entice feeling, these lessons will not give rise to any motivation for your students to discover and fall in love with. If timelines, deadlines, and grades depend on these lessons being understood, you’ll need transition towards teasing the outcome in learning rather than the idea itself.
There may be goals which are shared by your students as a whole but each one will have their own visions for the future. If a pupil is finding it difficult to fall in love with ideas you present, allow them to fall in love with what learning those ideas will result in. Clearly connect the dots between learning these ideas and the personal goals they have set for themselves. Tease the outcome, and allow them to clearly visualize success in their chosen domain. Let them ride their euphoric feelings of their goals being achieved, and explain the role bland lessons have within those visions.
Become a master at teasing information as well as visions. Learning is the process of falling in love with both, so be the match-maker who sets up the relationships at hand. Do not force love on others, as love cannot merely be switched on.