How I (try to) motivate students

How often do you think about why you do the things you do?

So I teach a bit of English at university, and I’m pretty sure I talk more than the average teacher. When I did my training we were told to keep teacher talk time TTT to a minimum to increase the opportunities for the students. I think that’s true, but I think that there’s only so much time you can make up in class, and instead I’m trying to use that time to motivate the students instead. This is probably different for me because I can speak Japanese.

I like to remind people to think of the reason why they are doing things, or at least make them think of positive reasons to do things. For the example of English, I always say what I think, and that is that as humans we have an obligation to share our ideas, which can only be done with effective communication skills, and that’s why we learn not just English, but how to communicate.

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