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Will Power Motivators

Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. She discusses what helps to motivate her in the early mornings as well as through the day.

As the cold season is hitting us, the days are growing shorter and our true drill sergeant state of mind is kicking our butts out of those warm beckoning beds. Will power is on full now as we reach the middle of our first half term. With so many things on the to-do list, I start adding things I’ve already completed just to see the check marks progress.

School is in full swing now, and our students, like us are getting used to the routine. In shadows we hint that there was a summer – although it feels like ages ago when it happened. We recall long past students, and the traces of smiles fading as we look into the bleak winter that threatens the increasingly rare sun.

Sometimes all we need is an absolutely silly song that both adults and students alike can laugh about. My personal favourite (which I secretly listened to three times this morning as I hauled myself through the morning rituals) is ‘The Fox’ by Yldis. This song is so quirky and filled with non-sense you can’t prevent that smile or crazed roll of the eyes in their sockets. Why not use a piece like this to get those imaginations rolling with ridiculous and outrageous ideas during a writing piece?

Another youtube video I like to show, which has been well received, is indeed the ‘hexaflexagon’ with a high energy narrative coming from a youthful individual who found math class a little too boring to sit still through. Not only is it subliminally educational (the best!), but also gets the kids experimenting on their own and in their time away from the classroom.

Relating to maths, this crafty idea retraces its history and explains the practical realization of such a complex object that gets students both excited (shouting for more) and sparks a deeper wonder which motivates them to learn and figure out their answers that I can’t always answer.

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