Teach students or subjects
It would help if there was an agreement that we all teach subjects and we all teach children, even if before long we begin to call them students. As Jerome Bruner wrote in his seminal work, The Process of Education (Harvard University Press) ’... any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development.’ We should also agree across the divide that subjects and their disciplines should always be matched to our children as we find them, wrapped as they are by the rich cloth of their experience. Subjects have no meaning or use unless they are made real in the lives of children.
How to Motivate Students
Teaching students is not exactly easy. Motivating students is even more difficult. In a school or college environment you have to constantly deal with kids that resent the idea of being influenced. However, this resentment is often only due to misinterpretation on the part of the teacher and the student.
1. Brag a little but not too much. You are trying to convince students that you are worth listening to, especially if you are trying to motivate them towards your field of study. You need to exhibit your talents. You are not just a teacher; you are really and truly good at what you do. It is almost like how you would present yourself during a job interview. Be humble about it but don't hide it. Make sure your pride comes through when you are talking to the students about your experiences or contributions. If you have impressive contacts invite them over. Try not to ask them to make a speech though, an interview type of interaction would be best.
2. Pay attention. If a student looks depressed or unwell, call them out after class and just ask them if they are alright. Try to keep yourself semi-occupied when you do this. Look at them when you ask but don't keep staring at them until they answer you. If they say they are fine, don't press them. Just say...