Motivating tired students

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  • ilovebdt
    29 May, 2006 at 23:39
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    I work at a high school in Korea and due to timetabling I get a lot of classes after they have had P.E
    This makes them doubly tired and I have trouble getting them to focus on the task and complete the lesson.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for motivating them to do at least the bare minimum?


    13 June, 2006 at 22:04
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    Reply To: Motivating tired students

    You should avoid starting the lesson with heavy grammar activities, especially written ones. They wouldn’t be able to concentrate. I guess you can start with fun warmers, preferably games. I used to teach adults in the evenings, so they came to school really tired. I would use a fun warmer, such as a relay race.

    Mr. G
    4 July, 2010 at 4:58
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    How about a word game of some kind? Maybe hangman? I used to to put: Person, Place, Thing, City, or some other topic on the board and have them guess what it was. I also tried to incorporate vowels or constentents to make it more instructive, but it was difficult. I would call on them to find which is correct. Of course the topic is what the hangman word is, so with my students they liked this game and went nuts trying to figure it out. I was stuck in many cases with only things, or people they knew. But fortunately, they knew some of the American basketball stars which helped a lot. Yao Ming was very popular in China–as was Jackie Chan. The only drawback to this is you have to establish some sort of classroom order because some of the students occasionally shouted out claiming they knew the answer. I can’t wait to go back to this school. I miss these kids.

    30 November, 2010 at 3:53
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    Reply To: Motivating tired students

    It’s important to start off with something that engages the students. Anything that is a little different always works. I find it harder with teenagers to keep the motivation high. Again doing something different works with them too.

    The only problem with starting with a game is that they can peak too early (hangman is a low key game and works great at the start of a class). Anything after a really fun game is boring and it is difficult to get them studying. A really fun game is writing on the board (more fun than it sounds) or Simon Says etc.

    I think anything that gets their attention is the best way. Like a song, hangman or anything else you can think of. I remember doing a role play with groups straight away (from the previous class), and this helped them get into the class nicely.

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