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The reason for a child to strain is often an interest in what he can get. As a teacher I have asked myself many times what leads a student to be successful in school, that is, to enjoy learning, to have good grades, to be able to advance in their learning and maturation.
Over and over again I have found that there are fundamental values present in this possibility. On our site we want to talk about one of these basic values for children to be successful in school: motivation.
When a child is motivated, he is able to easily and willingly push himself toward his goal. Let's think about the weekend mornings that we accompany him to soccer training or another outdoor activity, with frost or a lot of heat, and he participates so happily regardless of those conditions. And is that the main motivation of a child is to have fun, enjoy.
We, as parents, would like that motivation was present in the studies. So what can we do to get closer to this goal? Let's review some possibilities.
1. Point out the benefits of studying:
We can talk to our son about the achievements that are achieved with training. Commenting on our positive experiences often has a good impact on children. If we have studies that have led us to have a profession, we can explain how useful they have been to get that job. If our studies have nothing to do with our profession, we can tell you about the specific moments that helped us to obtain something we needed or were interested in. For example, when we get the driver's license, and we tell him that thanks to what we study, today we can handle a car well.
We can also take advantage of when the boy or girl tells us about their future profession, doctor, computer scientist or other professions in which academic training is needed; This is a good time to remind him that everything he will learn to practice this profession will be great. And we talked about how good it will be for you to learn now, for example, the parts of the body. Even if we know someone our son admires and has studies, let us highlight the fact that his achievement has been thanks to his knowledge. The idea to convey is that the interest in learning cannot bring you more than benefits in life and we point out those advantages in concrete examples or people.
2. Address difficulties in the study:
Sometimes our children feel rejection towards a certain subject and it is important to sit down with him or her to talk about what is happening. Simply doing this is surely a great relief for the child as long as we go with the attitude of solving. Our goal is to let you know that you have our support to carry out the effort. We offer you our support both to listen to your feelings in the face of obstacles, and to provide you with those concrete solutions. Among the latter can be found, for example, helping you do your homework if necessary. Now, it is important that we do not do our homework, and that we do not believe that we are dependent on that help. Our role is to guide you so that you can carry out the tasks autonomously, concentrating on making you feel your competence and that you have achieved it yourself.
Another important point is to detect if you have any learning gaps in the matter. Teachers usually advise very well in this regard, and then maybe we see if you need some kind of reinforcement.
3. Self-motivation as a way to apply effort:
It is about getting the child to notice the pleasure of checking their own achievements: "How did you feel when you managed to do the exercises well?" We can ask him or we can comment something like: "How did you feel very good trying and getting it?" In our interaction with the child, our message to convey is "you are capable and I value your effort" in addition to making it clear that he has our support.
- Highlight your self-improvement. Faced with difficulties, we remind him of the times he had difficulties and made an effort and succeeded: "It was very good that, although you did not want to study rivers, you have started to do it and now you feel good having learned them"
- Emphasize the congratulations of your teachers, in addition to giving us ours for a good grade or for tasks well done. The focus here is always to highlight the value of your work and effort.
- Help you get organized. Make the time and place of study a pleasant experience. Let us ensure that the place where our son is studying is comfortable and quiet; also have a schedule consistent with your activities. Children like to have habits and routines because it gives them security to know what to do.
- Finally, we can always focus on highlight the favorable evolution of our son, both for him personally and for other people ask us in front of him. Our words and attitudes of satisfaction, as well as the support they feel that we give them in terms of their training, constitute the greatest incentives for them to develop that motivation in their studies.
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