For teachers, a motivated student is, first of all, the one who listens with interest to what is taught and who strives to respond to all the learning tasks. We can simply say that motivation is that set of springs that causes us to do a certain thing. This approach at macro level means a truth that applies also at the micro level: there can be no learning without motivation.
While motivating students can be a difficult task, once fulfilled, their rewards are very high. The motivated children are enthusiastic to learn and participate in class transforming all activities into a true adventure. The environment (classroom) is an important factor in increasing children's involvement with the use of modern ICT tools and a friendly atmosphere.
In the school context, motivation is nothing but the process that leads, guides and maintains a certain desirable behavior to the student status: attending classes, engaging in classroom and home learning activities, successfully solving tasks, etc. Without motivation, of any kind, a person does not engage (or does not get involved) in conducting an action.
This simple phrase contains one of the most important - and often underestimated - aspects of learning and school success: in order to be successful in school, but especially to ensure the efficiency of learning, there is a need for an optimal level of motivation for engaging in that type of activity. Here are the four most important things to remember and apply by any teacher to keep learners' interest and motivation during school activities:
Children feel the need for encouragement
Preschoolers seek approval and encouragement in teachers, and are more enthusiastic to learn if they feel their work is recognized and valued. If they are praised and recognized, then the classroom will become a friendly environment where children feel listened to and respected.
Preschoolers want to get involved
One way to encourage children - and to teach them what responsibility means - is to involve them in the classroom. Group activities become very fun if each child has one thing to do. These tasks may include keeping order or decorating the class.
Preschoolers want to receive "rewards"
Setting expectations and reasonable demands encourages students to participate, but sometimes they need an additional boost. Offering small rewards makes the learner entertained and motivates children to overcome their limits. Rewards offer children a sense of fulfillment and encourage them to work with a purpose in mind.
Children react to creativity
Activities can be embellished with various visual materials. The time spent in the classroom must never be boring: posters, models, projects can be useful, and then decorate the class. Student motivation is one of the most important things in the learning process and that is why we get the best results.