Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular Activities

It was hard enough to motivate students into doing anything even without all the distractions that now surround them. It is a fact that many children spend more time watching TV than being at school, and there is nothing any of the teachers can do about that. You can always try to make the parents realize the importance of leading an active life and showing interest in different activities, but that method tends to lead nowhere. Teaching experience shows us that the most we can do is try to light a spark of interest in learning in children themselves. And although there are plenty of ways to go about doing this, one of the most effective is getting to them through extracurricular activities. Here are some of the best places to start.

Inspire them to write

Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular ActivitiesMotivating the children into writing their own stories might seem impossible, since you can’t even make them read the assigned books. But it is actually not that difficult, at least not if you approach them in the right way. To do this, try to think like you are once again in middle or high school. Ask yourself what would make them interested in writing. As just one of the many possible ways to do it, you can start telling a thrilling story with plenty of action, and just before the end, tell the children that they can write any ending they like.

Teach them how to build something

What will certainly make the children interested in this type of activity is watching you build something from scratch. Although there are classes during which they are shown the process of making bird feeders and similar objects, this will leave most children yawning. It simply means that you have to find something they will want to build, and do it with tools they will find cool, such as a proper reciprocating saw. So instead of building a bird feeder year after year, ask the children what they would like to make, and provide them with the instructions and necessary tools.

This type of activity, however, can be demanding for a teacher. After all, you always have to put safety first. So if you plan on using a reciprocating saw, make sure to check the official website for instructions on safe use.

Think of an interesting spin on a traditional art project

Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular ActivitiesIt is an undeniable fact that most traditional art projects are not that creative. And when you have a room full of small children who are used to watching Hollywood action and special effects, you can’t ask them to do something like a collage and expect them to have fun. So try to think of an interesting way to make a spin on the projects you have been doing for years, and you will certainly reap the benefits of your work.

And last, but not least, make them want to do their own projects. There is only so much you can do, and after all, a large part of your job involves enabling the children to grow into capable and respectable individuals.

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