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July 2, 2009

Motivating Students

Internal motivation is the best. Every student will have their own best way to be motivated. Appeal to as many kinds of motivation as you can to reach as many students as you can. Remember- one size DOESN’T fit all!
  • engage, don’t entertain!
  • points/stickers as rewards (especially for younger students, up to JHS 2nd grade).
  • relevant content
  • be as communicative as possible
  • incorporate a variety of skills focus in your activities
  • bring in real-world music, video, print media. you might need to focus on materials for younger age levels of native speakers to make the content accessible to your students.
  • guarantee early success in your activities.
  • wear a crazy hat!

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