How to Teach and Motivate the
by Professor Joe Martin
It’s been proven that the number one reason why most students
drop out of school (mentally and emotionally) is a lack of purpose (typically described
as: “school is boring and a waste of time.”
Lack of purpose
refers to a lack of clear, compelling reasons for “sticking with the program,”
which results in the misuse and abuse of a limited resource called time. As a teacher,
your job is to make sure that your students do not fall victim to this infamous culprit.
In actuality, there’s only so much you can do to emotionally connect with a
student and save him from his own demise. Quite simply, there are things beyond your
Poor living conditions, lack of family support, peer
pressure, and social problems are all factors that can negatively influence the school
success formula for each student in your class.
However, there are indeed some things you CAN control in
the classroom that can offset a lot of the negative issues students face outside of the
classroom. In reference to communicating the importance of an education, the best thing
you can do for your students is to model success in the classroom.
words, share your own methods, stories, strategies, and ideas for success. Also, don’t
be afraid to share your horror stories on how you “used to be,” when you
didn’t apply the concepts you currently teach.
currently struggling with a lack of motivation, tell them so, and agree to work through
it with them as a participant in the class, not just as a teacher. The level of trust
you will build with your students will be immeasurable, and at the same time, you will
grow as a professional.
The key is that you must have conviction for the
material and concepts you’re teaching. No one is going to believe the messenger if
she doesn’t believe in the message – they’re inseparable.
Teach and lead by example. Have your students stop by and talk to you about the
struggles they’re having with motivation. Assure your students of their self worth
by separating them from their problems. Constantly remind them that failure is not
permanent, but neither is success.
Joe Martin is an award-winning national speaker, author,
professor, and educational consultant. His mission is to help students,
teachers, and administrators learn, lead, and live with purpose and passion. To
find out more visit his web site at https://www.NewTeacherUniversity.com.
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