Debra Purcell-Regis – How to Motivate Students

Posted: November 14, 2015 in Sports and Education

As a child, focusing on schoolwork is a difficult habit to form. Children in the United States are fortunate to be born into a society where public education is viewed as the foundation of American culture. However, this does not mean every student is engaged and willing to learn about the Periodic Table in science class. The daily distractions of life affect all of us and particularly children. After teaching for over 25 years, Debra Purcell-Regis has had firsthand experience in working with children of all ages to educate and create a positive learning environment.

The first step in this process is to connect with the student on an individual level. Make the effort to remember their names and a little bit more about them. Demonstrating value in the presence of the student creates mutual social appreciation for one another. When a student first walks into a classroom, they are often a stranger to the teacher. Make the effort to close that gap and engage with each of your students.

It is also a best practice to share your own insights and to empathize with students. Empathy is a difficult practice with students, especially younger children, however showing that you understand their perspective and respect it, shows that you are listening to them. By practicing empathy and sharing your own views with your students, you create more trust in the relationship.

By connecting with students on an individual level and practicing empathy in her teaching methods, Debra Purcell-Regis was able to genuinely relate to her students. As a result her students felt respected and valued and were naturally inclined to study and learn from their teacher. Debra’s approach motivated her students because she respected and believed in them to succeed, as a result the class naturally put forth the effort to do so.


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