Teacher's Effect On Student Motivation

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Teachers these days are indubitably facing many challenges regarding their students’ attitudes and behaviours towards learning and managing a classroom. Teachers have an important role to play in creating a positive classroom environment that is conducive to learning, keeping their students engaged and motivated to learn.
There are many things to take into account on a student’s level of interest and engagement in learning, and teachers have very little control over these aspects. Teachers can influence student motivation by using certain practices (Anderman and Midgley, 1998). Under the tenets of operant conditioning originated by B.F Skinner, it has been described as a process which modifies behaviour through the use of reinforcements. Through
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Once the rewards stops being enforced, her students will likely stop participating in class discussions or complete their homework as they have become dependent on it. Same applies to negative punishments. At some point, students can be punished only so many times until they lose complete motivation to even begin working on improving their behaviour. On top of that, it is difficult to identify rewards or punishments as mentioned by (Booth-Butterfield, 1996). Operant conditioning has to take into account that each student is different and unique. A reward that works for one student may not work for the rest of them and it does not leave room for other types of learning especially theories that occurs without the use of reinforcements and punishment. As quoted by Miller (2006) and Thornberg (2009), “The main purpose of emphasizing good discipline management in a classroom is to facilitate students to fully utilise the teaching aids, learning materials as well as their peers in an organised…show more content…
Today’s classrooms require indistinctive ways and a different set of teaching modules and techniques in order to ensure minimal disengagement. Lessons should have more social engagement, interactive learning and customized content for students to show interest in a particular subject. Jane could add group work to her lessons to make it more interactive as interaction is pivotal to cognitive development and influences the development of learning. As mentioned by Wolfe (2001), students learn more effectively when they are more actively engaged in their own learning. Students are affected by their own beliefs and their own
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