Dr Andrew Martin (2003) describes a motivated student as ‘one who has the energy and drive to learn, work effectively and achieve at school’. Motivation plays a prominent role in a student’s interest, engagement and enjoyment in school and study, and therefore influences students abilities to effectively learn. Studies reveal that motivation is inextricably linked with student achievement and motivated students are more likely to have a positive and rewarding schooling experience.
When considering the process of learning to read, fear of failure can contribute towards lowered motivation levels in some students.
Dr Martin recognises fear of failure as a hindrance towards students sense of motivation, acknowledging the importance of encouraging a strong sense of self belief in students. This can be achieved through simple techniques such as encouraging students to view mistakes differently – not in a negative light, but rather as a motivator to improve. Through overcoming this fear of failure, students are able to develop a strong sense of self belief and academic control, and thus become more confident in their ability to influence their own academic achievements.
When considering the process of learning to read, fear of failure can contribute towards lowered motivation levels in some students. This particularly resonates with many students’ fear of making mistakes when performing certain tasks such as reading aloud. Reading is an essential life skill and a vital component in literary development, and therefore it is important for teachers and parents to foster confidence in students reading abilities, as a way to improve their motivation to read.
Whilst some students are innately more motivated than others, there are many things that we can do as teachers and parents to improve motivation levels in students.
Whilst some students are innately more motivated than others, there are many things that we can do as teachers and parents to improve motivation levels in students. ABC Reading Eggs has released a ‘Reading Eggs Trophy’ which is a fantastic way to motivate students and encourage students to achieve their best. The Trophy provides young learners with a tangible reward which can effectively impart positive reinforcement for academic progress. The Reading Eggs Trophy could be used to reward students for achievements such as:
- Improvement in reading ability (such as reading aloud)
- Improvement in online reading lessons
- Largest number of books read and quizzes completed during the week
- End of Week reading achievements
- Inter-class reading competitions
3P Learning provide trophies for sale (to Australian schools only), which you can Purchase Here.
Schools are already using trophies such as these to recognise student effort in weekly class ceremonies and at assemblies, which is proving to be a fantastic way to increase confidence and motivate students to read in an exciting and engaging way.