Teaching is the art of making students believe in themselves. Motivating students to believe is often at the heart of a student’s success. Show me a student who believes in themselves, and I will show you a student who is in charge of their learning.

Ultimately, when a student believes in themselves and finds success, they’ll be off and running.

Keeping that motivation alive during the summer months is a huge step in the right direction. You don’t want your son or daughter to experience the dreaded summer learning gap.

Here are some tips on how to keep motivation alive and flourishing in the second half of the summer. Following these will most definitely help students start their new school year with the momentum they need to succeed.

TIP 1: Embrace Their Uniqueness

Students learn differently, so they’re always motivated to learn in a style uniquely their own. One of the most important things you can do is to be sure students reach down deep to find their true voice, their true passion, and follow that in their learning.

Developing passions requires deep commitment on the part of the teacher and the student, and will only succeed if a truly trusting relationship is established.

With students home for a bit longer, you are the teacher. Build trust by embracing whatever uniqueness they carry. Build this partnership by setting realistic goals for the next year. With each goal, have your son or daughter develop a solution, and support that mission as often as possible.

Tip 2: Foster Their Abilities By Highlighting Success

Continually highlight successes to develop a relationship built on motivation. Even if they are buried, there’s a treasure in there – every student has their share of success stories so highlight successes early and often.

To truly motivate a student is to take a very important stance – everybody from the highest reader to the developing writer has talent.

Remember, students come in all shapes sizes, quite literally. Don’t be mistaken to think that there are easy students and difficult students. It doesn’t matter at what level a student learns. What matters is they feel successful, and the more they do, they more they’ll give you back.

Tip 3: Communicate Their Successes Around

Most importantly from a motivational perspective, success needs to be communicated. The biggest stakeholder in a student’s life is their parent or guardian, so to truly expand on motivational successes, keep those close to you and your child informed including: teachers, relatives, community stakeholders, and friends. It’s not bragging to highlight a student’s achievement. It’s just smart – the more people you can motivate who are involved in a student’s life, the more they will be motivated in their own.

Sharing success might not be that easy after a particularly frustrating day or week. In that case, why not ask the student to list the successful moments they have experienced? Chances are, you will see success in a new light. It’s a great teachable moment and a wonderful opportunity to build a key partnership because communication takes a team effort.

For more ideas, please reach out to us. We are with you for all your motivational needs. And, of course, your communications needs, too.