A question of motivation!

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Confined at home due to COVID-19, our level of motivation is more variable than ever. For some students, this search for motivation in a home school context is particularly difficult, for several internal and external reasons. Insights into the commitment of young people through this unprecedented event.

The episode of containment due to COVID-19 is shaking everyone up. School networks must reinvent the school. It's quite a challenge! Teachers have to try new methods, use tools with which they are not familiar. The students receive suggestions for activities. Some have support from their parents. Others are left to fend for all kinds of reasons: their parents work, their technological tools are outdated or unavailable, or even no one is really able to help them.

We notice another stake ... Perhaps even greater. It is about motivation and enthusiasm at work. Confined to the home, everyone certainly sees his motivation be shaken. For young children, the association "home and play" is difficult to deconstruct. “Gamers” don't really want to trade in their video games for online academic activities. Children who no longer have the help of a remedial teacher or psychoeducator may feel vulnerable. And then there's the little sister who wants to play Barbie with you and daddy who asks for everyone's silence because he's on a video conference with clients.

Motivation, already very variable in the classroom, often determines whether or not the student will do a task. We notice that a student is motivated when he chooses to do the work, when he perseveres despite the pitfalls, when he shows commitment and when he has the feeling of performing.

Source: Information Network for Educational Success (RIRE)

Someone's motivation can come from him; of his pleasure, of his interest. We will say that she is intrinsic. When the reasons for the engagement are external; to obtain a reward, avoid a punishment, by social pressure or to reach another goal, it will be extrinsic. Sometimes the motivation is just not there. We will call it themotivation. Each of these types of motivation affects enthusiasm for reaching a goal. 

However, when amotivation takes all the place, when avoidance strategies require almost more energy than commitment to the task, it is relevant to find ways to stimulate this motivation. Here are some tips to help you, as quitting isn't always possible or isn't a good solution.

To stimulate motivation* :

  • perceive the activity positively or imagine being successful during and at the end of the activity;
  • give each other tips to encourage each other; rewards or calendar to record progress. Speak with people who know how to give us courage;
  • recognize that you are progressing no matter how fast you are. Seek help to overcome obstacles;
  • engage in the task using what you have control over;
  • discuss the activity with friends, parents, teacher. Share strategies, victories, difficulties;
  • give yourself pride. Reflect on the state of his motivation and readjust.

*Inspired by the Alloprof Parents table: 6 tips to stimulate your child's motivation

This moment of confinement, where the student is called upon to be master of his learning, to organize his time and to use autonomy also allows to take a step back on his own motivation. Do I go to school to learn and expand my horizons, to perform and get good grades, to find my friends or is it because I am forced to? This reflection has the merit of helping to get to know one another better as a student as well as as a teacher. So let's take the time to take an interest in it and readjust as needed!

Your challenge

Using an authoring tool such as Can go, create an infographic that shows what motivates you in life, in all fields. An infographic is intended to be informative and aesthetic. You must combine images and text so that we understand your message.

Here is an example of a gaming infographic made on Canva to inspire you:

Les 9 clés d'une infographie réussie - Canva

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