We all need a kick-start to get motivated, both students and teachers alike after a summer of chillaxing – a habit that is easy to slip into and let’s face it, quite enjoyable. Some find it hard to get back into the swing of both learning and teaching – a full on requirement of brain activity! However there are simple things you can do to clear out the cobwebs, and feel excited about moving forward for the next academic year.
Firstly look into doing something new, it will give you excitement and motivation.
Go shopping and buy a new outfit, and get a haircut – get the feel good factor.
Be active in meeting new people – be social, it’s good for your confidence!
Go for a brisk walk in the morning (or a run if that’s more your style), do some yoga or at home exercise, but either will wake you up and enable you some headspace to sort out your day without distractions.
Change is good to get out of a slump, so if you feel your motivation slipping, do something different!
Eat well and feed your brain. When you eat, you are feeding your body and your brain, so be mindful of what you put into your body, both will be far more effective if you give it food that is long lasting and full of nutrition – yes, that means sugar is off the menu, but plenty of water is totally on.
Make resolutions or goals and tell someone you trust to help you reach them.
For all you teachers out there – Some students are difficult to engage, this may be through fear of failure, boredom (if they feel irrelevance, or are not challenged enough), because they have a learning disability, lack in confidence or have other external factors such as family issues and so on.
Motivating maths for students can be tricky, especially for those who it just doesn’t come naturally to. For hard-to-teach students in particular, it is often necessary to enable them to understand how they will benefit from this in real life, and what might be in it for them, to truly motivate them.
Maths is an important part of everyday life, let’s apply it to practicality! What can you do if you study maths i.e. cooking, forensics, meteorology, statistician, investment banker, research scientist, there are so many amazing careers that you can do with studying maths! By linking the various career path with area of learning will give a practical understanding of why the subject is absolutely relevant.
If students have particular interests, these can always be tied into maths situations, the teacher showing their passion, and the student is more engaged because it is raising the bar on their interest levels.
Giving students a problem to go away and solve so they are challenged – if they are engaged in the problem solving process they more likely to be interested. For those who find it difficult to understand maths they can get help from using Stuck on Homework or if presented with a task in school they can use Stuck for Schools to help them with mathematical challenges. This will give them independence in problem solving and learning, returning with a positive outcome and feeling motivated, rather than deflated if they find maths too challenging.
Let the confidence and love of maths begin with understanding…