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Friday, September 11, 2009

Morale and Motivation - Confidence

Improving student morale and motivation


Paul E. Garrett, Dean of Academic Affairs, ITT Technical Institute, Columbia, South Carolina wrote:

Students are often reluctant to reveal a lack of confidence in their ability to master the material for fear of losing the respect of their peers or their teachers. Research shows that overconfidence is often as dangerous as lack of confidence in learning a skill. As a teacher it is a good idea to look for ways to boost the confidence of your students by offering plenty of positive reinforcement, and adding enough challenge to the course to prevent students from becoming overconfident and having the course lose value for them.

Reward students for critical thinking and participating in class discussions, even if their answers are off the mark, while gently nudging them in the right direction. This type of corrective feedback pays off.

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