By bringing in more positive energy to the classroom on a Monday morning, your class should be more focused and energised to learn.
Here are some simple ways you can help your class feel motivated…
Perhaps one for older students, you could get your class involved with simple meditation techniques to help them focus and increase their attention ready for learning. This doesn’t have to take long but is a great way to get students focused and ready for the week.
2. Motivational Notes
Another idea to motivate students is for each student to write notes for their partners or someone else in the class that have positive messages on such as ‘you are amazing’! Beginning the week with a note like this can help students motivate each other and put them in a great mood.
3. Move Around
Perhaps you could play a game of ‘heads down, thumbs up’ during registration or just start your first lesson with a more physical activity to get your students moving and prepared for the week, but this is a great way of instilling lots of energy.
4. Play Games
Another way to motivate students is to play a quick educational game. Especially if the game promotes some friendly competition, it’ll be a fantastic motivator. We’d recommend using any of the PlayLive games on EducationCity which foster competition and the practising of essential skills.
5. Active Lesson Starters
A thought-provoking lesson starter on a Monday morning is also a fantastic way to get kids involved and ready for learning. Resources such as the ThinkIts on EducationCity are designed to encourage critical thinking in the classroom by asking a thought-provoking question, and are great as a lesson warm-up.
6. Offer Rewards
Our final idea is to offer rewards for great behaviour and work to have either at the end of the day or week. Whether it’s a sticker or some Golden Time, rewards work really well and are fantastic motivators for nearly all students!
Do you have any other ideas for Monday motivators that you use with your class? If you do, make sure you let us know about them by tweeting @EducationCity.