Demotivating and the power of teachers

(This is another contribution to the book we are writing in our class, it is a “follow true” from a text about motivation. I also wrote something about teachers because that was some of the assignment.)

On the last couple of pages you have read about what gives a person motivation. As always there is two different perspective on something, in this situation we have good and bad motivation. Bad motivation is obviously the opposite of good motivation. This is where the problem starts, even thought people know what bad motivation is they don’t know that they are using this  “bad motivation” unconsciously every single day. I can say for a fact that once in your life you have set a barrier that only exists in your mind and no one else’s. For example when you see a hot girl/guy at your school, workplace, bar or park you think that the person is to “hot” for you to go talk to him/her. I can tell you that even the hottest guy or women in the world has had a thought like that. The reason for this incidence being demotivating is because you think negative about yourself, which effects your self esteem.

School is super important, this is why you as a teacher, student or even as reader should know what is demotivating and motivating in school. As you might know this is not a book about girls or guys but a book about school and that is why this section will be more focused on school. By now you should know what demotivation is, if so one of my goals has succeeded. School is as I said earlier very important, what is also very important is the teachers. Teachers can be the biggest source of motivation you will have in school, the bad thing is that teachers can be really demotivating to. Knowledge is something teachers are full of and it can be used for both good and bad things. Usually in most situations teachers know their students from the inside to the outside meaning they know what sides of the different students that needs to be improved. Of course it is important for a teacher to not give a better grade then the person deserves and only give the person nice feedback/comments. The teachers also has to tell the students that everything is possible if he/her gets a bad grade and at least try to encourage. If a teacher tells one of her students that there isn’t any opportunities to get a great result, the person is most definite to loose motivation which is a very bad thing.

Reliable sources

What is a reliable source? Well, a reliable web source is a source you can say is trustworthy. The big question is how one person can say that the web source one is on is trust able.  In my opinion you can never say that a web source is ever 100% trustworthy. How can you for example know that Jesus was born on 24. Desember, that’s right you can’t say it for a fact, but that is what we are learnt to believe. Back to web sources, what you can do is analyze your source and check if it is legit, correct, incorrect or whatever you want to check. What you should ask yourself when you are going to analyze your text are these questions.

  • Do I know and trust the site publisher?
  • Is the publisher reputable?
  • Is the sponsorship clear?
  • Why should I believe the site author, what are their credentials?
  • Is this a professional looking web site in terms of graphics, file formats, active links etc.? 
  • Is the site selling, educating, buying or advertising and thus creating a bias? Dates & How Current is the Information?
  • Based on what I know, how believable is the information?

 <http://cnr.usu.edu/quinney/htm/faq/faq_q=2083> http://etc.usf.edu/techease/win/internet/how-can-my-students-know-if-a-web-source-is-reliable/

(These questions are taken from the links above for educational reasons. Would also recommend those websites if you want to learn more about reliable sources.)

 

You might ask yourself why it is so important to check if the web source your on is legit.  If you are a student it is very important because the information you take from the web might affect your tests and grades. If you search “World war two” in Google you get a lot of different sources. Mostly the sources you go into are written by different authors. Think of it this way, you read a text where the WW2 is written from a Nazi perspective and one from an American perspective. The texts would be completely different and give you completely different facts. Because of this you and especially students should look on web sources with a critical view so you don’t get the wrong intension or one person’s perspective on a case. BTW, be especially critical to blogs because they usually contain personal thoughts and information.

Change of plan

Recently I started on a project about Global warming. Unfortunately this project will be set aside for some time. We had the option of choosing if we wanted to write a book made by our class or we could choose to write about something related to different competency goals. First I chose to write about global warming which was related to our geography class competency goal. I started writing and then I started thinking about how cool it had been to say that you have actually taken a part in writing a book. Therefore I started working on the book with mostly the rest of my class.

I am kind of sorry for the people that told me they looked forward to seeing the finished result of my article about global warming. One thing I can tell you now is that I will definitely finish the article about global warming, it is just that me and my class needs to finish the book project first. The reason for this “drastic” and spontaneous change is because we have gotten in contact with some publishers that are willing to publish our book for us. The only thing is that we have to deliver the hole script for the book by the first of April. Because of this I changed to the book project so I could help my class working on the book.

I am also trying to motivate myself to write more English. The more English I write the better I will become, right? Therefore I will be trying to write something on my blog every day the next week. By the way, in Norway (probably some other countries to) there is something called spring break. Our spring break is from the 16-24 of February. This is also one of the reasons why I will be trying to write one blog post every day the next week. Because I actually have time to do it.

How spare time affects your school day

If you wonder what this long text is about it is basically about what the headline tells you. If you wonder why i wrote it it’s because it is one of my small contributions to a book we are making in my school. Hope you like it 🙂

What is spare time and how does it affect your life/school?
The definition of spare time is the  time available for hobbies and other activities that you enjoy or the time that you have besides work. You probably thought that your spare time did not affect how you feel or behave at you school or in life. I can give you the simple answer “yes your spare time does actually affect how you perform in school” or you can keep reading for the more advanced description.

Usually people have something they look forward to when they get home from school. Like for example to play football,
basketball, Computer games, friends or even to watch TV. Every person is different and has his/her own activity that she likes to do. What most teachers and scientists you can find on the web say is that “People need free time to spend with friends, relax and have fun”. Students need to find appropriate, healthy activities and entertainment. Free time can teach them important skills they will need as adults. Unfortunately, too much free time can cause problems.  Teenagers who have too much free time usually get bored. What is most likely to happen is that these teenagers go looking for something to do. Usually it ends up with trouble and the  teenagers become involved in unhealthy, inappropriate or illegal activities which can definitely affect the persons life at school or life in general.

 Even thought something very catastrophic can happen with to much spare time there is still very many positive sides with spare time. Doing an activity that you really love in your spare time can free your thoughts and it can release very small doses of endorphins into your body making your day a little better. Having something to do in your spare time can and most likely will increase your satisfaction with life. Usually teenagers don’t look at school as something fun, this is why it is very positive to actually get some happy feelings throughout the day. Mainly what I am trying to say is that every person should have some activities in life they can look forward to. This will make it easier to get true the school days and it also makes you more awake in school since you’re a little happy. This is why I want teachers, parents or someone that cares for others to encourage other people  to start doing something like sports, exercise, play more with friends and so on.

Last but not least I will mention something about homework. By own experience homework has a big impact on a person spare time. Homework is a program that students usually get handed out in the beginning of the week so that they have something to work on at home. Mainly I face two problems with homework’s, the first thing is that the teachers is not at disposal which means you can’t get any help from them. In some school subjects like math, social studies and geography it is very hard to get some sort of helps from your parents and even the web can sometimes be confusing or not reliable. The second scenario is that some teachers tells us what the homework is but doesn’t check it the next time you are with that teacher. Teacher’s not checking their students homework could and usually turns out bad. Think about one student that works really hard at home and does one mistake several time, like for example writing they’re instead of their. This means that the teacher will not notice the student’s mistake unless their is a test that the teacher has to correct. By this time is to late and the student will probably not get the best grade because he or she had many mistakes like this. In general I would recommend longer school days where they have their teachers for disposal. I think this is much better then to be working effortless at home all the time getting distracted by Pc, TV, Facebook, Youtube and other activities at home.