In this day and age of social media, it can be quite difficult to get students to stay focused and motivated to want to learn. So many children are now becoming addicted to their phones and the Internet that many teachers are finding it quite challenging to keep their students attention. While keeping pupils focused on their studies has always been a problem, many educators are beginning to feel like they have lost control in their classroom.
For over ten years I have been studying human behavior and psychology with a focus on self-motivation, and one thing I have discovered through this process is that inspiring people to want to do things for themselves is associated with a benefit. Meaning that most people will only behave or take action in a certain direction only if they see a direct benefit for them.
During my years as an educator, I have tested many methods and one of the best ways is to start the class with some motivational quotes and sayings. I find that if I select the right ones and spend five to ten minutes sharing them with my students, they are much more sharp and attentive. I have discovered that these powerful words provide a form of reminder that helps the student remember why they should care about learning.
Here are some of my favorite that I have collected through the years:
How you begin your day can make your day, or break your day. Your attitude and your actions have a strong effect on your whole day. Begin with a smile, a calmness of mind and a heart filled with gratitude. A positive mindset that it’s going to be a wonderful day.
Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. – Tena Desae
It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. ― Dale Carnegie
If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. - Harold Kushner
Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. – Zig Ziglar
Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it. ― C. JoyBell C.
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.
― William W. Purkey
Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live - Rachel Ann Nunes
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. – Ashley Smith
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ― Albert Einstein