Module II: Student Motivation

Aim:  The aim of the student motivation module is to broaden the teachers' knowledge about what and how is student motivation affected as well as offering real-life active methods to be integrated into lessons for increased motivation. The training is built on active learning methods. As a result of the training, the teachers' knowledge of the topic is increased and they have received many real-life methods ready to be integrated into their own lessons.

Length: 6 academic lessons, one study day.

Topics:

  • What characterises a motivating teacher and a motivated student? Tests for evaluating how motivating is the teacher and how motivating is the student.
  • What keywords characterise a motivated classroom?
  • Five most important subtopics in student motivation - explanation of the topics, scientific studies and specific methods and exercises to use in lessons in regards a subtopic in order to achieve greater student motivation.
  1. Openness and involvement - how the subtopic affects student motivation; methods and tools for creating reliable relationships with students, involving students in the learning process, monitoring and recording progress.
  2. Individuality - how the subtopic affects student motivation; methods, how to include the individuality of the students in the activities and structure of the lesson to the fullest.
  3. Unambiguity and clarity - how the subtopic affects student motivation; different possibilities, applications and benefits of a "rules and consequences" system.
  4. Excitement - how the subtopic affects student motivation; methods, ways and tools for making studying more exciting for the student; how to involve music in any kind or part of a lesson, new and unique ways for expanding student vocabulary in language classes.
  5. Feedback and celebration of success - how the subtopic affects student motivation, importance of feedback; specific feedback forms to be used lessons - feedback from and to students, forms for independent evaluation and principles of formative assessment, methods and possibilities of celebrating success in different classes respective of the students' age group.