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Article Summary: "They give off this air of being all grown up, but deep within they crave love and recognition. You can help to motivate them by encouraging them and assisting them in every possible way during math class. Remember that this is a time where they are literally standing on the edge of their future."

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10 Ways to Motivate High School Students to Value Math

High school Students need motivation just as we need it. They give off this air of being all grown up, but deep within they crave love and recognition. You can help to motivate them by encouraging them and assisting them in every possible way during math class. Remember that this is a time where they are literally standing on the edge of their future. They have so many important decisions to make.

Be positive

When you teach math, you have to be a motivation to the students. When you feel positive towards math it will automatically spill over to them and enthuse them to like math as well. Get excited about math!

Find a good reason

Help the student to find a good reason why they need to study math. If they want to study in a certain field of expertise, help them to see why math will help them to achieve their future goals. Do some research with them.

Get students involved

Involve the students with exciting projects. Let them use every gift and ability they have to conquer any math task they have. This will give them a self start and motivate them to do it by themselves.

Teaching students how to learn

Some students came through the school system without learning the concept of learning. Scratch that! Most students came through the school system without learning the basic concept of learning. They don't know how to take notes, study or apply what they have learned. These are all basic things, but elementary for their success. Sometimes we need to go back to basics in order to succeed. Teach them these basic tools so that they can do math with success.

Success in motivation

To motivate a student to do math you need to remember that there are different elements to use in doing this. Show them that they can be successful in whatever they do. Many of them have already discovered what it feels like to fail, and sometimes to be a failure. When you start to show them that they can succeed this will built new hope and helps them to be motivated to do math.

Curiosity

The biggest element of surprise is curiosity. Remember the saying, "curiosity killed the cat". Well, use curiosity in your math class. It will draw them and even drive them to higher levels. It will teach them how to understand math concepts.

Originality

People like to be expressive. By being original in all their work you can remove the number one obstacle when it comes to math. Fear. When they learn to express themselves they will gain confidence with math and it will be easier to do.

Relationships

Most students are under tremendous peer pressure. Create situations where different groups can work together in order to relief that peer pressure. The rich and the poor. The expressive and the introverts. They can all learn something from one another.

Sharing knowledge

Students have a tremendous desire to share what they learn, and they also have the ability to do it. Create situations where each one can give a little of what they know. In this way they can teach each other something about math and develop some verbal communication skills as well.

Teamwork

Then last but not least, develop teams. Allow the students to be a motivation to one another. Set them up in teams with the task of motivating one another. To look out for one another. To be there for one another. When we belong, we feel loved and can handle and cope with anything life gives us. Motivate your students to become math partners.