Question by  doglover1 (66)

What are some good elementary class motivators?

I teach elementary school and can't seem to get my kids motivated.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Offering stickers to top performers or the best improving students will work without hurting your budget. Small rewards like Tootsie Rolls or lollipops for meeting goals can work for some students. Sticker charts that show who has read the most books or been turning in work on time will help.


Answer by  monoacuro (441)

It is best to get someone like them to get them motivated. Someone who can relate to them. Best thing to do I would think would be to get a good student, preferably one that's popular and well known and at the same time gets good grades. Or try to be more understanding , then you can do it yourself.


Answer by  Vllad45 (1886)

A simple chart with stars that promises a reward is good, as are "play time" minutes, and if all else fails, a fun day or even a piece of chocolate candy work as excellent motivators at this age (and really at any age) though it feels a little like bribery.


Answer by  angiem1981 (1059)

Allowing special priveleges and/or other incentives for a job well done. Using stickers, point systems, etc. are all ways and relating what they are learning to something they enjoy.


Answer by  belle39 (966)

Encourage your students by telling them they're capable of excelling in school. Also point out their strengths and describe how they can use these skills to make money as they get older. It's also good to incorporate educational games. For example, you may want to have them pretend to be cashiers so they can learn how to count change.


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

You cannot motivate another person because motivation is based on emotions. However, it is easy to demotivate people. Get rid of as many demotivators as possible. Also, find out the things that your students are interested in. You can teach any subject matter using children's interests as a starting point.

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