Motivation… so many books have been written about it. It is that age old question. What motivates people? What inspires people. If some of your students seem under-motivated, then it’s likely that one or more motivating factors are lacking in their work.
Here are 7 tips to help light a fire under your students
1. Tracking Progress
If you don’t know where you’ve been, how will you know where you’re going? Tracking progress for students allows them (and you) to see how far they’ve come. It is easy for students to forget that last year at this time they were only doing a single pirouette now they are doing three. We like for our students to keep a book and track where they have improved.
2. Giving Praise
A simple but often overlooked way of rewarding students are words of encouragement. Learners crave praise and recognition for a job well done. Positive comments are free and students are noticeably motivated when teachers acknowledge their successes or even share their great work with their classmates.
3. Define Objectives
Without clear guidance and expectations, students can easily become frustrated and disengaged. They crave the ability to know what’s expected of them and it helps them stay motivated to improve on their technique. Make sure to clearly lay out the technique and various studio expectations for each level to remove any ambiguity or confusion for your students.
4. Create A Safe Learning Environment
Creating a safe learning environment will allow students to thrive, experiment, and take risks without feeling judged. Learners naturally attempt to fulfill expectations that have been set by their teacher – try to focus on positive reinforcement to keep students motivated and feeling safe in their learning environment.
5. Encourage Student Self-reflection
Have your students take a look at themselves by reflecting on what they’ve done, if it was successful or not, and what they want to accomplish moving forward. Defining goals and considering achievements will empower students, making them feel like they are in charge of their learning journey.
6. Know Your Students
Students want to know their teacher cares about them. Show a genuine interest in making sure they succeed. Get to know your class by using some fun team building exercises and other engaging activities. Your students will appreciate praise and feedback much more when they know it’s coming from someone that knows and respects them.
7. Share Your Enthusiasm
If you’re excited, chances are your students will be too! Your energy and enthusiasm can be a great way to motivate your students. Keep in mind to inspire your students you need to stay inspired. That is why we developed Dance Teacher Web. To give you instant access to resources, videos and lesson plan ideas. Use it as one of your tools.
Here’s to your success!
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