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What are the four biggest classroom barriers that get in the way of your efforts to motivate students? Go ahead. Take a guess. Very few people get all four. I’ll explain what they are in just a second but I’ll give you a hint. They all have to do with things that are easily overlooked by most teachers and as a result, students end up bored, disengaged, and even defiant. Wanna know what these barriers are? They are Institutional, Internal, Interpersonal, and Instructional barriers and if you don’t address these head on, they can derail even your best efforts to motivate your students. Institutional Barriers are those policies, procedures, and rules of engagement that make some students feel invisible or marginalized in your classroom. If students feel that the rules automatically prevent them from ever being successful in your class, they will not invest themselves in your classroom. Ask yourself: What kinds of students are best and least served by my classroom or by my school? Internal Barriers are those things that make students feel like what they bring to the classroom – their personalities, their gifts, their experiences, and their ways of learning – are not valued or valuable in your classroom. If students feel that they are not valued, they will not invest themselves in their learning. Ask yourself: What currencies do your students carry and value and are those currencies recognized and valued in your classroom? Interpersonal Barriers have to do with the ways that you relate to students. Typically we try to motivate students based on what motivates us. But, if you don’t understand what really drives and motivates your students, no strategy you try will work. Ask yourself: What students do you find easiest and most difficult to engage and why? Instructional Barriers are those things that prevent students from actively engaging in their learning. If you don’t understand how to engage students through your instruction, it is hard to keep them motivated to learn for very long. Ask yourself: What lessons do my students respond to the most and why? Take some time this week to assess which of the above barriers may be preventing your students from being fully motivated in your classroom. Next week, I’ll share a few strategies you can use to overcome these barriers and get all your students motivated to learn. - See more at: http://www.mindstepsinc.com/2014/10/the-4-biggest-classroom-barriers-that-keep-your-students-from-being-motivated-to-learn/#sthash.931fz2EX.dpuf
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