“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra.” (Jimmy Johnson). When it comes to students in the classroom, they all need that little extra push. Whether a student is struggling for those few extra points for an A or barley passing, our job as educators is to help them achieve their goals. A way to do so is by inspiring these students. Pushing them to their limits and always telling them they can do better. Never put your students down, and always keep them thinking positive. A happy student is a motivated student. If we inspire our students, they will succeed and be the best that they can be.
Now you may ask? How can we inspire and motivate these kids; especially the ones who really don’t care to learn? In the TED Talk, Every Kid Needs a Champion, Rita Pierson does a great job explaining ways to really motivate these students to learn. She puts her students in a positive mindset and motivates them to do better. She believes in her students and they know that. This is how we make our students successful. As I said, a happy learner is a successful learner. In the video she states, “kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” If we build bonds with our students and show them we care, they will be inspired and actually want to learn. In the article, Motivating Students, it states: “Students who are not motivated will not learn effectively.” So let’s motivate, inspire, encourage and stimulate our learners’ minds! Let them know to shoot for the moon, and even if they miss, they’ll land among the stars. (Les Brown)