ERIC Number: ED210647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Methods for Motivation, Grades 7-9.
Indiana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Indianapolis. Div. of Reading Effectiveness.
Adolescents are extremely interested in their cultural sex roles, relationships, changing bodies, changing relationships with parents and with members of the opposite sex, value patterns, and careers. Their reading interests are closely related to their emotional interests. Teachers need to be aware of the complexities of adolescent life and redesign their teaching techniques to cope with them. The degree to which students feel they can control their own destiny has a significant impact on their motivation. Teachers can modify their methods or styles of feedback to enhance student self-esteem by assessing student behavior, identifying reasons for that behavior, and implementing changes with those behaviors in mind. Such an approach might include instruction in increments that allow frequent success, and feedback that is immediate and specific to the student's response. Appropriate activities for improving motivation include letting students choose their own books, assigning creative projects instead of book reports, and providing sources for reading other than books, such as magazines and comic books. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Indianapolis. Div. of Reading Effectiveness.