My reflection: Will I become a motivator teacher?

04 Oct

The second week of MMSEL was interesting. Why? The class was started by tell our name and our breakfast, not only that, we also had to remember our friend’s breakfast who has shared it before us and repeat it again. Fortunately, I sat on first row of seat, so I did not have to remember and repeat much “breakfast”. For me, it has a meaning: A teacher must be able to listening to his/her students, whatever the thing is (although only their menu of breakfast), then try to remember it. This is a way to know the students and find out how to motivate them.

The next activities was present our poster on last week about theories of motivation. The presentation used gallery walk method. There were five different kinds theory of Motivation, behavior theory, cognitive theory, sociocultural, social cognitive and humanistic theory.

Then, the activity was followed by presentation of humanistic theory by Faqih’s group. There are five level hierarchies of needs by Abraham Maslow: physiological, safety, belongingness and love, esteem, and self-actualization. The level was divided based on human’s age. When we were a baby, we need food, drink, and everything that is related with our physics need. Then, after the first level has fulfilled, we need security or safety from our parents or everyone around us, because babies cannot do many things to protect themselves. Next, after a baby was got enough physics need and safety, it will need love and belongingness from their parents. When a baby grows up to a child, they need to be accepted and praised by others, so they need self-esteem to realize it. Then, on the top of level, there is self-actualization level. This is a level or a stage of human that is included into growth need. The age of people who has entered this level is different. It depends on their life situation, family, etc.

The next activities were discussion about Self-Determination and Self-Worth then present our result of discussion into role-play. Both self-determination and self-worth are needed by students to be motivated at class.

Because, on self-determination there are exist three innate psychological needs: competence, autonomy and relatedness. Competence is needed because students need to get good comments, actions and responds from teachers, which is not show that his/her is stupid, incompetence, or dumb. Autonomy is needed to let students show their independence and individual ability to be motivated. Relatedness is needed because students need to be accepted and judged positively by others.

Self-worth is needed by students to protect themselves from bad score. Then, they can be motivated to get better score than before.

I think that is all about my reflection. At the end of this reflection, I want to ask myself. Could I be able to apply all of the theory above and become a motivator teacher?

Let time answer it. However, I will struggle to make the answer is YES. 🙂

Shinta Puspita K



Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Reflection week 2


8 responses to “My reflection: Will I become a motivator teacher?

  1. vaniuno

    October 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    “A teacher must be able to listening to his/her students, whatever the thing is (although only their menu of breakfast), then try to remember it”

    I like that words, mba.. 🙂
    Teacher should give their attention to the students so that teacher can know about what students want and then give their best to the students although only the name. That’s so important i think because just with remembering students name, students feel their teacher really care with them.

  2. Shinta Puspita

    October 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks Vani.. 🙂

    Yup, you got the point. A teacher should be able to care to his/her students. Because it will influence students’ motivation in learning and give them “more energy” to learn, if they know that we care of them. 🙂

  3. evikvedpriagung

    October 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    nice and systematic reflection mbak,
    hmmm, I belief that you will be a motivator teacher, don’t worry about that, we can learn MMSEL together with Miss Lydia, and hopefully it can help us. 🙂

    • Shinta Puspita

      October 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks evik.
      Hopefully I can be a motivator teacher and help my students to learn mathematics in the future. 🙂

  4. aiiufull

    October 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “A teacher must be able to listening to his/her students, whatever the thing is (although only their menu of breakfast), then try to remember it”.
    I do agree with you Mbak Shinta, by knowing things of students, teacher will be able to remember her students easily

    • Shinta Puspita

      October 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you Ayu…
      I still remember that you ate “lontong sayur” as breakfast at that day.. 😀

      I hope I can remember my students easily like as I try to remember my friends. 🙂

  5. lydiarihta

    October 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

    One of the most important thing in being a teacher is understand your student, and knowing the students’ name is the basic part of it 🙂
    Could you be a motivator teacher one day? I’m sure you will, just be your self, try to understand your student and keep them on your heart..

    • Shinta Puspita

      October 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      I do agree with you Ma’am.
      A teacher should to remember students’ name basically. Not only remember the name, but also can spell it correctly, then the students will feel respected by teacher. 🙂

      Thank for your support ma’am…
      I hope I can motivate my students and understand them goodly, and keep them in my heart. 🙂


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