The class was started with introduction about our name and address. Then it was continued by sharing our reasons why we attended the class at that day. There were so many reasons that appear, such as: because of our obligation, mandatory from parents, want to know about the subjects’ overview, want to get score A on the subject, etc.
The reasons that we gave is a part of motivation. Motivation on my own definition like as electricity. People cannot see electricity, but we know that do exist. When it comes into an electric fan, and I push “ON” button, it can rotate propeller fan blades. When it comes into a mobile phone, it can charging the phone and makes it keep turned on. In other words, motivation is an impulse for everyone to do something and / keep doing something.
Motivation can be similar each other and can be different based on people’s goal, perspective and orientation at life. Different people = different motivation. That is why there were appeared many reasons to attended the class at that day.
Motivation can be sourced from inside or outside ourselves. The motivation that comes from inside us is intrinsic motivation. This motivation comes from our heart, such as our interest, desire, curiosity, etc. The motivation that comes outside us is extrinsic motivation. This kind of motivation comes from everything outside us, such as parents, family, our beloved, friends, environment, etc.
The interesting thing is I already knew that extrinsic motivation can be transformed into intrinsic motivation and vice versa. Mam Lydia (the lecturer) told us that extrinsic motivation can be changed into intrinsic motivation. For example, a student who comes to school only for meet his/her friends has extrinsic motivation to go to school. Gradually, the students feel enjoy when he/she comes to school and then the students has own desire to go to school every day. When the students come to school because of his/her desire, the motivation has been transformed from extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation.
After that, we were asked to share about why we want to be a teacher and characteristics of three teachers who have taught us and we really like his/her. There were various answer based on their experience. I was enjoy when they share their reasons, it makes me to know why a teacher being liked by students.
On the last activities, we were asked to discuss and write about behavioral views of motivation. There were Skinner’s theory about operant conditioning and Bandura’s theory about the power of persuasive models. The core of the theories is about how to motivate students on the class based on behaviorism. Skinner said that we can motivate students by doing reinforcement every time students give correct answer. But, when the students did not like mathematics (math hater) and they never get reinforcement, they will be suffering when they learn mathematics. Bandura’s said, when a student see a teacher and the teacher makes the student admires his/her, the students will partly imitate the teacher and try becoming like the teacher. It also happen when a student see his/her friends get rewards from teacher after doing something, the student may decide to imitate his/her friends to get similar rewards.
There are many ways to motivate students at the class. Hopefully, after I learn this subject, I can motivate my students to learn mathematics and help them become “math’s best friends”. 🙂