The effort to ignite motivation in young people is one of the most vital we can engage in. From helping them discover their talents and interests, to encouraging them to follow their dreams, to giving them the tools and skills they need to realise their goals, parents and teachers are the most crucial motivators in any young person’s life.
Where the pandemic impacted our needs on several levels – our safety in the health crisis, our relationships in social distancing, our daily sense of accomplishment – this has impacted many young people on their journey to reach their goals. Now in reuniting with their friends at school, with the government and NHS working successfully to restore public health, young people can be encouraged to reconnect with their longer-term goals, to refocus on accomplishment and rediscover their drive to succeed.
Thought: I can’t do this.
Large quantities of work, accumulated and compounded by procrastination, can be daunting to tackle.
Action: Break work down.
To-Do lists and breaking projects down into smaller tasks can counteract the feeling of being overwhelmed. Time management tools, such as the Pomodoro Technique, can encourage focused work for shorter periods.
Thought: I can’t focus.
Distractions, particularly technological ones, can be counteracted with technological solutions.
Action: Block access.
App- and website-blocking technologies – such as Freedom, Forest and StayFocused – can be customised to block distracting apps and sites for chosen amounts of time.
Thought: I don’t want to do this.
There will always be parts of the curriculum that students like less, and it is common for students to dislike subjects they find overly challenging.
Action: Study socially.
Working with study groups and buddies can help to create camaraderie and external accountability, which can increase enjoyment.
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We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter. (Donald Norman)