WHY WONT THEY TRY HARDER?!? UNDERSTANDING AND BUILDING

WHY WONT THEY TRY HARDER?!? UNDERSTANDING AND BUILDING

WHY WONT THEY TRY HARDER?!? UNDERSTANDING AND BUILDING STUDENT MOTIVATION Meagan Hair SDC 2014 MOTIVATION TOWARD WHAT GOAL? Internal vs. External

Effort ---> Positive Outcome Grades Praise Satisfaction Task vs. Performance Be careful of competition TASK MOTIVATION CONFIDENCE AUTONOMY

TASK MOTIVATION CONFIDENCE Safe environment for risks & mistakes losing face Group activities

Gentle corrections mirroring Positive rapport with teacher Enthusiasm, Small high expectations, interest tasks snowballing into larger ones Easy warm-ups and cool-downs

TASK MOTIVATION CONFIDENCE IN ENGLISH Appropriate difficulty level Appropriate JTE level of English & Japanese reinforces English Questions vs. translation Variety

of activities Non-verbal learning styles Drawing activities, movement activities, crafts TASK MOTIVATION AUTONOMY Student-led Modeling Miming,

activities meaning vs. translation describing, etc. Translation Choice as a class and personalization Communicating personal ideas

Keeping a journal Drawing & acting TASK MOTIVATION AUTONOMY IN ENGLISH English as a tool toward positive outcomes Real-life relevance

Creative Logic thinking and problem-solving Socialization Cultural and communication awareness EXAMPLE LESSON WARM UP GAME

CHEETAH EXAMPLE LESSON WARM UP GAME Confidence: Simple Non-verbal No threat of losing face Autonomy: Group

cooperation Self-policing EXAMPLE LESSON WHAT ANIMAL? 1. I have four legs and big teeth. 2. I eat meat. 3. I can run very fast. 4. I live together with my family. 5. I look like a dog, but I'm not a pet. A EXAMPLE LESSON WHAT ANIMAL? Confidence:

Appropriate Mimed No vocabulary meanings threat of losing face Autonomy: Group cooperation & socialization Allowing

misspelling & one Japanese answer Competition decreasing EXAMPLE LESSON ZOO PUZZLE EXAMPLE LESSON ZOO PUZZLE Confidence: Natural increase in difficulty Appropriate Visual

vocabulary and spelling provided component Autonomy: Student-led No translation Referring to pictures rather than translating competition, only the task EXAMPLE LESSON ANIMAL

SOUNDS EXAMPLE LESSON ANIMAL SOUNDS Confidence: Take a break! Japanese words Teacher-student interaction

Autonomy: Real-life relevance Creative thinking & cultural awareness EXAMPLE LESSON RELEVANCE? Logic and problem-solving Cultural

awareness Communication It and positive social experience was fun Confidence and autonomy CHOICE AND PERSONALIZATION Low

vs. high academic level Communication class, English Club Drawing Warm up Animal game

Halloween monsters Combine with writing activities TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD Example: United States Time: I want to go in September. Food: I want to eat cheeseburgers. Event: I will visit Niagra Falls. Souvenir: I will bring back American candy. India Time: ________________________________________________________ Food: ________________________________________________________ Event: _______________________________________________________

Souvenir: ____________________________________________________ TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD - BACK India SUMMARY Autonomy Build and confidence motivation from small tasks into challenging ones Always Game encourage student-led work

shows & quizzes are performance-based Socialization Include is its own reward non-verbal learners Encourage personalization and take interest THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!

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