Selecting a Motivational Activity
Careful selection of a motivational beginning is the most creative, if not perhaps also the most difficult aspect of planning a lesson. Some helpful guidelines for selecting and presenting a motivational activity include the following:
So as to allow time for teaching the content of the lesson, teachers should keep the length of the motivational activity to a minimum.
The motivational activity should not become the lesson. It should be a means to an end, not an end in itself.
The motivational activity should match the students' level of ability and interest.
The motivational activity should draw on interest already present in the learner.
The motivational activity should clearly connect to the content of the lesson, as well as reveal the lesson's goal. Success here will determine how effective the motivational activity was.
Conclusion A teacher can use a host of motivational activities that have the ability to invigorate the first few moments of a lesson-that critical time when students' attention and interest might be won or lost. Using activities like those discussed here, a teacher can capture his or her students not only in those first moments, but also throughout the lesson, making learning a joy, not a chore. The rewards can be boundless.
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