Everybody knows that holding the attention of a child can often be very difficult, especially in the setting of a school. Nobody likes to do work, a sentiment that isn’t lost even on most adults, so you can imagine how difficult it could be to get a child to do their homework. Well thankfully, getting a child motivated may actually be a bit easier than getting an adult motivated. Where adults are often closed off to any advice or motivating tips, a child usually is open to trying anything, so long as it is engaging for them in one way or another. When you approach children as a teacher, don’t be standoffish, make them see you not just as the authority figure, but as someone who is learning with them.
This basically boils down to not teaching at them, but teaching with them. Make each lesson an intractable journey where everyone comes to the same point together. You would be surprised how positive children will react to a little structure, even the more challenging ones. A lack of discipline demonstrated in the classroom is often an indicator of a lack of structure at home. If you, however, provide that structure to the student while they are at school, they will learn the value of it and begin to grow from there.
Teaching children anything takes a lot of patience, and structure, and even more time. The advantage is that children have a very open and curious mind, so it is not their capacity to learn that makes the task difficult, but holding their attention. With a properly planned regiment, however, you will soon have a class eager to learn.
Betty Waltersdorf is a professional English instructor who has been working with children for many years. , .