Motivating Students by Andrew Stenner

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Motivating Students by Andrew Stenner

  • Motivating students and keeping them interested strategies and techniques


  • Engage students in an interesting and stimulating way
  • (Trick students into learning)

Skills to work on


  • Class Size
  • Disparity between students
  • Number of classes
  • Resources
  • Short attention spans
  • Lack of writing and too much multiple choice
  • Flexibility

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail


  • Pictures
  • Project work
  • Dialogues
  • Reading
  • Competitions


  • Speaking, Writing and Vocabulary
  • Descriptive
  • Fiction and Nonfiction
  • I imagine walking out of the stage of “Wicked” and walking in the streets of Manhattan. It would be an honor for me, I would never get sick of it or I would never get bored of it. I want people to say, “Is this the girl from Wicked?” and want to take pictures with them.
  • - Nisan, 8th grade
  • Honestly, I hate seeing fish when I swim in the sea but seals look so sweet and I love them. Generally I swim in the pool but last summer holiday I always swam in sea. I disagree with hunting seals because after seals get hunted, they take them. Seals show their emotions when seals are displeased. Please, don’t go to seal showroom.
  • - Simla, 8th grade

Project Work

  • The process is almost as important as the end result
  • All skills utilized
  • Real situations
  • Potential Pitfalls
  • Students can be left behind
  • Lack of patience
  • Takes a long time


  • Introduction in normal lesson
  • Extra materials outside of book
  • Small project
  • Group project
  • Extended project


  • Speaking, Writing and Real Situations
  • Second language learners (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
  • Students need to learn how to interact in the world


  • All Skills utilized
  • Difficulties
  • Finding material that is age appropriate and accessible (interesting but not too difficult


  • Advantages
  • Interesting stories
  • Everybody gets to read aloud
  • Vocabulary in a real context
  • Sense of accomplishment


  • Advantages
  • Something for everyone
  • Different activities
  • Every student gets to read
  • Vocabulary in context
  • Repurposing of the material


  • Trivia, Spelling and Grammar Contests


  • Open up a student’s world by teaching them a new language, not pass a government test
  • Every class is different
  • No right or wrong way to motivate
  • Don’t be afraid to fail

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