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Motivating students

Motivating students

Student motivation with Khan Academy

The content on Khan Academy is designed to be engaging for students. And—because Khan Academy empowers students to make choices about their own learning—there are a variety of ways to get students motivated. Below, you will find tips to help students gain confidence in using Khan Academy, develop a growth mindset, establish a connection between learning and life, work collaboratively, celebrate success, and more!

1. Using Learnstorm tracker to celebrate

Celebrate class progress with the LearnStorm tracker. The tracker is available year-round and captures a broad range of student activity.
It tracks the progress for all mastery-enabled courses where students level up skill mastery in Assignments or Course Mastery Goals.
The ring level goes up each time the class achieves the number of mastery level ups to Familiar or higher as there are students in the class. For example, a class of 26 students will level up a ring each time they reach 26 mastery level ups to Familiar or higher, cumulatively as a class.
You can access this tracker from the Teacher dashboard,
-Select a class with whom you want to celebrate progress.
-Once you’re on the Class dashboard, click on the LearnStorm tracker tab in the left-side navigation.
Please note that the ring movement and celebratory animation cannot be replayed so please be prepared to check it in front of students either in person or by sharing your screen remotely.
You can decide a day every week as the Ring Reveal day. You can project the computer screen to a large monitor in front of your class, and load the progress tracker with your students watching. This format is the one that makes it possible to watch students joyfully jumping up and down!
You can incentivize students with rewards like 10 minutes of free time at level 10, a piece of candy at level 15, and a class party at level 20! You can plan incentives as you feel fit.

3 easy steps to start using learnstorm tracker:

Step 1: Create Assignments or assign Course Mastery Goals aligned to your curriculum.
Step 2: Find a routine time (15-30 minutes will yield 1-2 mastery level ups per student) for students to work on assigned skills weekly.
Step 3: Claim progress on your LearnStorm tracker. The more each student practices and levels up, the more progress is reflected in the tracker - unlocking new levels and moments of celebration.

2. Promote collaboration in class

  • In order for us to be able to create an effective learning environment we must ensure that our students work collaboratively, not competitively.
  • Find ways for students to work together toward common goals and support each other in making progress. Make buddy groups or group leaders who can support other students. Additionally, it gives students a chance to showcase their leadership abilities.
  • Provide opportunities to develop student leadership. Mentoring the group to complete the tasks, problem solving in case of any challenges.
  • Rewards student efforts when they support each other. Best group leader/buddy awards every week. material. All the topics that are required to be refreshed/mastered for the FAs & SAs. You will also have to reserve at least 1 day to implement this model in class.

3. Celebrate Success

Khan Academy empowers your students by involving them in their own learning and growth, and your support is essential on their journey to success. Don’t forget to make time to celebrate with your students as they progress and reach goals!
  • Keep rewards small, and focus on things you are willing to give repeatedly (stationary, stars, books etc).
  • Encourage students to do something they are not otherwise likely to do.
  • Start by giving rewards frequently and for small things, and then gradually lengthen the time between rewards.
  • Make sure students know what specific behavior is being rewarded.
  • Focus rewards more on effort and less on results.
  • For older students, take time to collaborate on what efforts and outcomes will result in rewards.
If you’re looking for an easy way to recognize their achievements, use these student certificates —they’re shareable both digitally and in print in 10 different languages!

4. Three before me strategy

As part of developing growth mindsets, emphasize that effort leads to success, invite students to collaborate with you to establish classroom rules, including setting rules for time spent on learning. In particular, develop a rule around how students can ask for help when they get stuck.
Create groups in your class with an assigned group leader/buddy based on the learning level of the students. This group leader/buddy can then act as an intermediate support to the group before the students can come to you for problem solving.
Many teachers recommend a three-before-me approach whenever the students get stuck or need any help.
  • First step is to watch a video and try to solve the problem.
  • Second step is to try a hint and try to solve the problem.
  • If the students are still not able to understand or solve the problem then ask your group leaders/buddy
  • Only when the 3 steps above fail to solve a student’s problem, can they turn to the teacher for help.

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