How do I motivate my brother

5 tips for more motivation to learn: How to motivate others to learn!

Motivational trick # 1: show interest and listen!

That may sound simple, but it is hardly achievable in everyday school life with 20 to 30 pupils (SuS). It is all the more important that you ask how the pupils are doing when you have the time. Take a serious interest in their thoughts and worries! The question "Is everything okay?" can sometimes work wonders.

Example from Ulrike Nehls' everyday teaching life

"One of my students seemed taciturn and somehow more nervous than usual one day. When I asked her what was going on, she burst into tears. It turned out that she had been bullied on Facebook for a few weeks. I was listening to her and asked her what she needs, or where I can help her. In the end I didn't have to do much, except to encourage her not to get down. She initiated the next steps on her own, because Most people can often solve their problems themselves with a little help from someone they trust. In the end, my student was able to concentrate again in class and her grades also got better. "

Motivation trick # 2: be a role model!

If you are positive, friendly and open, the chances are high that the other person will meet you as well. If you are convinced of a topic yourself, show your enthusiasm, because it is contagious. Have fun and laugh with the students! Humor and joy increase the motivation to learn.

However, these points are particularly difficult when you as a teacher have a bad day yourself. Sometimes things just go wrong: the copier is crazy; you ride your bike and it's raining cats and dogs; your participants are late due to train cancellations. My experience has shown: If I don't manage to block all of this out and let my bad mood drag me down, it will have a negative effect on the entire course of the class. It's really terrifying how the class can become a mirror of your own thoughts and feelings.

My solution is: deal honestly and authentically with such situations and try to take the situation with humor and stay flexible. Ultimately, it is often not the pupils to blame when something has happened, and so they must not be the ones who suffer from your bad mood. If you dare to admit your own mistakes and also show how you deal with them and learn from them, your pupils will recognize it as a strength and will (at best) admire you for it.

Motivation trick No. 3: Make sense!

"What do I need this for?", "Why do we have to learn this?": If you take a critical look at the school system and the curricula, you often notice that the students are right to question some of the learning content. Here you need creativity to still show the meaning of learning. But it's worth it: because the answer to the WHY can people be a powerful drive!

Example from Ulrike Nehls

"One of my students had mainly three and four in their certificate and the internship was coming up. After many discussions I found out what he is enthusiastic about: expensive, fancy cars. He really wanted one internship at a major automobile manufacturer. So we called there together and asked about the requirements. The announcement was: at least a two in maths. And already his ambition was aroused. From then on he studied math every free minute and in the end he got the two on the certificate. He was allowed to do the internship, but in the end he didn't like the job. "

Motivation trick # 4: Be grateful and praise often!

Imagine a group of learners who all very dutifully adhere to your rules of punctuality and order. And then there is this one person who is late. How are you acting Do you thank those present for their punctuality or do you blame those who came late? Feelings make small but important differences in our future behavior. When you hear a thank you or praise, you are happy and therefore motivated to hear it again. When you are reprimanded, it first creates fear, anger, anger, or shame - depending on the person, the feelings are different here, but they are all negative.

So it's up to you to associate your lessons with positive feelings. Thank you for following the rules! Praise good results or great ideas! You will be rewarded with smiling faces and - after a period of getting used to it - also with discipline in the "hardship cases".


Difference praise and recognition

  • praise is a form of spontaneous appreciation. It has to be specific for it to work and for the promised one to know why he or she is receiving it. The teacher, classmates or friends can give praise.
  • recognition is more attitude than spontaneous appreciation: someone recognizes the regular quality or performance of a person - and respects and values ​​the person for it. Recognition doesn't have to be specific, it assesses the overall picture. It does not have to express itself verbally either, but if it does, it is usually through qualified feedback.

Motivation trick # 5: create variety!

Everyone thinks differently. It's not a secret. But why then, when teaching, do we expect the same behavior and obedience and ability to focus and be quiet from everyone? Actually unfair, right? The solution is: ask your students what they need or how they want to learn. Enable different learning phases, learning methods, learning spaces and so on. Get creative!

Often, many more solutions are feasible than you previously thought. Expand your treasure trove of teaching and learning methods! Take enough breaks and ensure plenty of exercise and activity! Learning games or group work promote exchange among themselves. This gives them more opportunities to apply and reflect on what they have learned. If someone does not feel like doing some exercises or does not feel physically able to do some exercises, find individual alternatives. Think in terms of solutions!

And when finding a solution, it is best to pay attention to what the previous points have dealt with: Be interested in current needs, go ahead as an enthusiastic role model, explain why something should be done or learned and thank you for your committed participation.


About Chancewerk e. V.

"Brother, we have to do something" - with this sentence began the history of the social enterprise opportunities work e. V., which has set itself the task of providing young people with better education and future opportunities, regardless of their parents' income. This works via so-called "Learning cascades": Schoolchildren from grade 9 receive free intensive courses with student leaders in their problem subject. In return, they undertake to help younger people learn. They only pay a small membership fee for learning support.