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A New Perspective on Motivating Today’s Students

Paul Grainger

Have you ever wondered why students are not learning effectively in our classes? Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the critical areas of education and learning. In one of his journals, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (2001), he observed:“Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. Today’ students think and process information fundamentally differently from previous generations.

• How do today’s students process information?

• What are the most effective techniques to both motivate and facilitate learning?

• Should teachers completely abandon traditional teaching methods?

• HOW CAN TEACHERS HELP STUDENTS MAXIMIZE THEIR POTENTIAL?

This interactive workshop will attempt to offer some solutions for the above questions as well as provide practical teaching tips that instructors can start implementing in their classes immediately. Participants will leave this workshop with a multitude of ideas to make their classes fun, motivating, relevant, interactive and above all, more memorable for their students.This workshop will be of particular interest to teachers who are struggling for ideas to motivate their primary and secondary school students.