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Can students be inspired to perform better in class?

Updated on February 6, 2018

going old school...

When I went to school I remember that performing with excellence was expected. I got homework everyday, and every night I would complete the homework at home as it should. I remember that when I was in sixth grade in Colombia, where I completed my elementary and junior high, I was failing one of my electives, and I was going to be held back because I could not sew. You bet I became the best sewer in my class in order to not be held back. Now, I see my students and I question what we have engraved to them? It seems to me that the motivation is no longer present. When I listen to some of my students talk, I hear them complain about the lack of time. I can actually relate to the lack of time that they are talking about. Electronics are consuming the time of our children and our own time. We are no longer working on productive work, but working on completing mediocre tasks. I wish I could make a bigger change in my classroom in order to be able to motivate my students. I want them to care about their education as much as I care for their education. The problem that I face is that they no longer care like I or we did when we were younger, therefore, what is a motivator that can actually help our students care and preform better?

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