Getting Students Motivated
As educators, we have to do a gazillion things. We have to unpack standards, meet learning objectives, design curricula, and analyze data.
All of these are good and noble goals, and if we reach them, we are doing a great job as teachers. However, if the students are not interested or motivated, the entire house of cards falls apart.
Motivating students—especially teenagers—can be a difficult task. What seems exciting and relevant to us does not always translate to our students. How can we succeed in making our students interested in the material we’re teaching?