“As expected, this course is so exciting!”

Motivation and Management Students for Effective Learning or we name it MMSEL. Just like what I guessed from the beginning, this course will most likely talks about “motivation“. This is not something new for me and also my classmates but still it’s very interesting to discuss.

We always have motives behind what we do, don’t you have one? So, basically motivation is about something that drives us to do what we do. As for me, I do have my own motives in attending this course. For instant, I felt more excited to come to the class when I know Ms. Mima will be teaching this course. I have experienced learning in her class before this and it was so much fun and meaningful. Aha!! you know, this is one example of ‘extrinsic motivation‘. There is also other thing that motivates me to come. I think this course will be very helpful as I’m now preparing myself to be a teacher. A good teacher should know how to motivates students in their learning. This kind of motivation can be classified as ‘intrinsic motivation‘. We just reviewed it again about two types of motivation, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation, it can be seen from where the motivation comes from. Whether it’s from inside (intrinsic) or outside (extrinsic). Anyway, motivation can come from anywhere!

One part I like the most from this session is when we do our reflection. We reflect on what our previous dreams were, besides being a teacher. And also about what motivates us the most to be a teacher: our intrinsic motivation or our extrinsic motivation. I find it interesting to know that each of my friends here has their unique stories. Not all of us planned to be a teacher at first, but now we are here together learning to be “exceptional teachers”. I think this is important, realizing our own motivation so we can learn how to manage it.

Move on to the next topic.. The Theories of Motivation.

We discuss four of the theories: Behavioral, Cognitive, Sociocultural, and Humanistic. These theories explain about what possible motivation behind individuals action.

In some cases, we talk about how students act. Like for example, we may find a student who looks so motivated to engage in the class when we provide some rewards. This is what behavioral theory is about. It focuses on how certain behaviors change cause by stimulus.

There is also a situation when teacher should give more challenging task to students in order to bring out students highest ability and competence for higher achievement. Cognitive theory talks about this.

Teacher also needs to pay attention to students’ opinion on something they concern, what they think good for them, what they like to be and to do. It’s more about students’ emotion in a whole. Teacher should not ignore this. Each students have different preferences. This is our task as teacher to fulfill their potential as said in the Humanistic Theory.

Students’ activeness in class should be maintained regularly. Engaging them in the class discussion and activities will help them to be able to feel as being part of a community. Sociocultural Theory says there is a need of an individual to experience it.

Knowing these theories, a teacher should be aware of what kind of motivations that her/his students have. Is it one of the two types? Intrinsic or Extrinsic? or can it be both? the answer is YES, it’s possible! So as teacher, we should learn how to manage students’ motivation. How to motivate them to learn? What kind of motivation should we give? When to give them extra motivation and when to let them grow their own intrinsic motivation? and there will be many other questions arise about this issue. Besides, we also have students’ needs that need to be considered as mentioned above. At least now, I certainly know that students’ motivation in learning is an important part of their learning.

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