The Importance Of Teaching Young Students

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Being an educator can be the most rewarding, yet trying profession one can possibly obtain. Being flexible, open minded, and willing to try new things are definite prerequisites to teaching young children. Parents often realize that their children are different, and this is always the case within the classroom. What works to motivate one child to learn simply might not prove to be so successful for the next child. There are several strategies that have been put into place and used by schools across the world that have positive results in motivating young students. Canine-assisted reading programs, self-graphing one’s progress, having current up to date literature, teacher read-alouds, and student teacher collaboration have provided positive …show more content…
They are called upon to teach and engage students on a daily basis to not just learn, but to understand build upon several different concepts. In a classroom of twenty plus students, there might be a small handful of students that are actually motivated to learn. The bulk of the students show signs of motivation throughout the day, and then another small group proves to be a struggle to even motivate them to write their name and student number on the top of their paper. According to Ormrod (2016), motivation is an internal state that arouses one to spring into action, pushes one in specific directions, and keeps one engaged in certain activities (p. 424). Research supports the claim that children that have interests are engaged, and the children that are engaged typically are better students than their peers who are not engaged (Guthrie & Humenick, 2004, as cited in Brozo & Flynt, 2008 p. 172). It is not a secret that engaged students tend to do better in the classroom as learners, so it is crucial to determine ways in which educators can engage students of all learning levels to motivate them to want to learn. This paper intends to showcase several of the effective motivational strategies that produce students to want to learn and improve in school since engaged and motivated students are more apt to retain what is being taught to them when their interest level is …show more content…
89). One study from the Dominican University, California Kaymen, used SHARE a book program, which was a pilot canine-assistance program, provided insight of four third grader’s progress within the program (Lane & Zavada 2013 p. 88). Their interviews revealed that reading to a dog provided these struggling students with the confidence and motivation to want to improve their reading fluency and proficiency. Research suggests that when children become motivated to engage in effectively reading at a young age, tend to become life-long readers (Murrow 1992, as cited in Brozo & Flynt, 2008 p. 172), which makes the task of finding successful ways of motivating young students crucial. Canines are not the only partner that can provide a positive reading experience for young children, when a teacher invests their support and love to each student, this can also result in strengthening and motivating children to want to read more

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