Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude
May 18, 2020 written by PDC
Motivation is contagious. To motivate others, one clearly must be motivated themself. The trick, as any experienced teacher can tell you, is keeping that positive energy flowing even when you don’t “feel” very positive. For a teacher to be effective, it is critical to know how to meet that challenge and overcome it.
Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom
Motivation is contagious. To motivate others, one clearly must be motivated themself. The trick, as any experienced teacher can tell you, is keeping that positive energy flowing even when you don’t “feel” very positive. Some days are more of a challenge than others, but for a teacher to be completely effective in class, it is critical to know how to meet that challenge and overcome it.
Believe it or not, there are incredibly simple yet powerful methods of doing just that! Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne’s impactful Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom course shows how to recognize personal motivation problems when they have seeped into our lives. It also reveals what to do to confront them, ways to make sure they do not come back, and reasons why this issue matters in the first place.
Why Personal Motivation and Positive Attitude Are Critical in the Classroom
It is impossible to correct a problem without first defining it. So when we’re discussing issues with personal motivation and a positive attitude in the classroom, what exactly do we mean in this context? To start, let us be clear— we are talking about your internal motivation, not the students. A teacher's motivation, or lack thereof, sets the tone for the class all day, every day. The mood of your class, in turn, directly affects how well students engage. An unmotivated student will tune out and disengage, shutting down the learning process altogether. In other words, learning stops.
What about a positive attitude? It is entirely possible to be motivated while maintaining an attitude that is not conducive to good teaching practices. That’s the reason why we must consider not just motivation levels but also the suitability of attitude. Together, these two powerful elements create a synergy that, when done right, can increase teacher effectiveness tremendously. In contrast, when done incorrectly, they can tank student morale faster than a torpedo, and they can drastically inhibit learning functions across the board.
Let's face it. Modern students face enough barriers to education. With the right balance of personal motivation and a positive attitude, you will make your job easier and perhaps witness a sea of change in your students’ behavior as they discover the experiences you are working so hard to facilitate for them.
Objectives for Personal Motivation & Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom
What happens at work often follows us home, and vice versa. That is why we created our Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom to go beyond the classroom to enhance your daily life. Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom, offered through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, features a wealth of techniques to empower teachers with skills and techniques that can immediately enhance efficacy at work and home.
Our curriculum is specifically designed for K-12 teachers looking to recharge their motivation levels and ramp up positivity to new heights. The content is practical, easy to understand, and 100% self-paced, making it simple to complete at your leisure.
Topics covered include:
- Renewing your fiery passion for being a motivated professional educator.
- Bringing fun, humor, and spontaneity back into the classroom.
- Uncovering new ways to incorporate imagination, visualization, and affirmation.
- Taking a fresh approach to more precise communication and constructive listening.
- Rediscovering the lost art of classroom leadership.
- Understanding “Peak Performance”—what it means and how you can achieve i.t
- Recognizing and respecting the power of positive parenting.
- Resilience-building and how to spring back into action after adversity.
- Learning to (re)embrace the challenges and appreciate the rewards inherent in teaching.
- Crafting a perfect plan to stay personally motivated.
Additional contents include the benefits of mentoring, expert advice for newer teachers, characteristics of top educators, and much more!
Warning, successful completion of this course may change your life forever! It’ll also lead to tangible benefits for your students who’ll greatly benefit from a re-energized, re-invigorated teaching leader who will inspire them to rev up their motivation engines. As a bonus, our courses can serve to aid your professional career as you leverage newly-acquired job skills to compete for promotions, qualify for salary increases, or obtain license renewals or recertification. Students are encouraged to seek approval from their district or state prior to enrolling.
Teachers who benefit from this course may also be interested in the University of La Verne’s 15-credit certificates, such as Motivation and Classroom Management and Inclusive Classroom Teaching. Additional related courses include:
- Creating A Mindful Environment
- Motivating Students Who Don't Care
- The Differentiated Classroom
- Building Classroom Discipline
- Making Connections for Engaged Learning
- ADD/ADHD Strategies and Interventions for the Classroom
- Personalized Learning: A Powerful Solution to an Urgent Need for Change
- Coaching a Growth Mindset: Unleashing Student Potential
- Effective Classroom Management Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
How to Register
Personal Motivation and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Classroom is offered online through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne. Like all of our courses, it is open for anyone to register at any time during a semester.
Registration is simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered ongoing during three semesters, and you can start whenever you are ready! Students may choose to enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits at any time during each semester.
Fall: September 1 - January 31
Spring: February 1 - May 31
Summer: June 1 - August 31
Students earn graduate, non-degree semester credit, reflected on an official university transcript. So what are you waiting for? Register today to get started!