Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Position: Classroom Teacher
A GUY THING
The hardest jobs on the planet are the role of a mother and a teacher in a child’s life. There is something very special that mothers and teachers have that most people cannot boast; the ability to develop, to change, to mold something since its infant stages into something strong, confident, compassionate and powerful. All of us can remember one teacher who made a difference, one professor who said something that changed our life.Children need a teacher or a parent who can inspire and motivate them to seek knowledge and guide them along the path to a bright future.
In the classroom motivating students is one of the biggest challenges I face in day-to-day life of teaching. A teacher needs to make many decisions that influence students’ motivation to learn which includes organized instructional methods, enjoyable activities and a collaborating classroom with full of peer support.Also student motivation will be increased when they feel confident and competent. A teacher needs to come up with a perfectcombination of all the internal and external factors to engage or motivate students in learning.
Being a middle school teacher, I am aware of the fact that teenage boys’ negative attitude toward reading usually begin at this age. I have struggled with this dilemma but my Masters degree in education taught me a different approach to engage teenagers into reading.
So while implementing any type of instructional approach or activities to motivate boys towards reading, I keep the following key points in mind:
- Boys’ need to be engaged in setting reading goals. The goals should be challenging, but achievable.
- Boys’ need to be encouraged to take ownership for their reading, yet reflect on what they have read and accomplished.
- Boys’ must be engaged with activities or individual reading that makes real-world connections.
- Boys’ should explore the use of technologies integrated in reading that they are already using outside of class.
- Boys’ individual differences must be recognized, as not the same thing will motivate every student. Therefore should provide them individual reading activities, feedback.
- Boys’ should be rewarded with care, feedback and praise for reading to help build their self-confidence and interest.
- Boys’ involvement in collaboration encourages them to master skills at their own rate, for their own benefit, rather than competing with classmates.
As a teacher, it is our job to provide books or activities for our boys that they will enjoy and that will allow them to feel successful in their reading endeavors. During every school year, I encourage you to check up your collection and make any necessary changes to urge the boys into your classroom with cool and witty readings and help them become successful readers.