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In my PIDP 3250 Discussion Forums, my classmate Jolene facilitated the topic of motivation.   According to Komarraju et. al.,” [student]–faculty interactions can be crucial in developing students’ academic self-concept and enhancing their motivation and achievement” (Meera Komarraju, 2010, p. 332).

  1. Do you find this to be true in your classrooms? If you interact with your students more often, do you find that they are more motivated and more accountable?
    2. What types of student-teacher interactions do you think are the best for increasing students’ motivation?

I wholeheartedly agree that teacher-student interactions increases motivation.  When teachers engage and captivate students to be self-directed, their motivation increases and students become more accountable.  The onus of self-directed learning is put on the learners’ shoulders.

Respect is crucial for learning to occur.  If respect is practiced and modeled by the teacher, learning occurs naturally.  If respect is tossed aside, learning is halted.  So it’s crucial that instructors build a positive learning environment and model respect amongst the learners.  When learners are confident that their instructor cares for their learning, students are motivated to excel.

An example of a positive teacher student interaction in my teaching job happened the other day.  It was the end of the day at one of my outreaches. I facilitated a post assessment summary amongst 5 students.   It was an open discussion where each student was asked to tell me one thing they had learned today.  And why was this important for their future practice? I had some very insightful answers.  There were no right or wrong answers.  Each student took their time to tell me one particular technique or professional development skill they learned for the day.  Not only, did they come up with varied answers but the other students were engaged to listen and share their opinions on their classmate’s topic.  It was such an engaging discussion that I had all 5 students using higher order thinking of evaluating, analyzing and creating scenarios of particular case studies.  It was a very positive experience for all of us.  To debate and discuss the pros and cons of certain techniques or customer service skills.  The students’ motivation was increased dramatically and they took home cognitive knowledge that they can turn into 21st century skills.

I can’t imagine a class lesson without teacher-student interactions.  Interaction with students is essential for increasing student motivation.  Students need to hear their voice and when they teach cognitive data to others, they learn the subject matter deeper and store it in long-term memory. They can evaluate the cognitive data and compare it to their values and beliefs systems.  From there, they can make a decision whether it works for them or not.

Some examples of effective teacher-student interactions are:

1) Create emotional support and cultivate positive relationships among teachers and children

2) Improve classroom organization that encourages frequent, engaging learning activities

3) Provide instructional support and cognitive stimulus that facilitate learning

Reference

NCSL.org. (on-line, no date).  Effective Teacher-Student Interactions.  Retrieved on Oct. 24, 2014, from http://www.ncsl.org/documents/cyf/class_policybrief_2009.pdf

Komarraju., Musulkin., & Bhattacharya. (2010). Role of student-faculty interactions in developing college students academic self-concept, motivation, and achievement. Journal of College Student Development, 51(3), 332-342.

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