How to Motivate Students at KS4 Level

How to Motivate Students at KS4 Level


Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) can be a difficult couple of years for teachers as students concentration and motivation can waver and pupils need to be more focused than ever as GCSE’s approach. However, if you manage to gain the interest of the students and find a way to engage them then you will find your students will find the idea of those important exams not as daunting as they first thought. The Classroom Carrots Article explains these top tips below:

Share your objectives

Sharing your aims and objectives gives your pupils a clear progressive path to work on and reflect on afterwards. This will help the student see where you’re leading them and may make them more willing to follow. This may also increase the classroom motivation as it gives pupils ownership over their own educational path.


Highlight progression
It is also important to highlight progression. Mostly all students will have their ups and downs in terms of grades and it is important to show them their improvement. This will show the student that their continual work is striving to something, and in turn increase their motivation.


Revise and reinforce
Make sure that all of your students are aware of what they need to know when coming to those big exams. Revision is key to their success and by reinforcing this idea again and again the students will have a clear plan of how and what to do when revision time comes around, helping to keep them motivated.


Challenge them
Don’t be afraid to give them work which they may find difficult. This will allow them to take some initiative in their learning and development, which they can then apply to other work. Once they achieve success from challenging work they will feel motivated.


Get Away from the textbook
To help keep your classes exciting and your students interested try using different teaching methods. Try watching a documentary or learning outside. Pupils will get excited when there is a change from the regular ‘reading out of a textbook’ lesson. This will also allow you to teach certain aspects that may have been challenging previously and teach it in a way that’s more understandable.


Let them develop their own critical thinking

Developing critical thinking is extremely important for all students in school. An example of how to develop this is by altering how they normally think.  By asking open ended questions, requires students to think about a question in more depth. This different way of thinking will get the students to understand the question more and give a better answer. Again, by getting them more involved in their own learning will increase the student’s concentration.


Let them talk

To increase their concentration levels, make sure they’re involved in their learning process. Why not get them to read passages of literature or solve maths problems on the whiteboard? It will allow a greater level of engagement which can spark greater interest. This may also highlight any issues that your students have in the processes you have explained, which can allow you to improve your lessons.


Show them a future
This can be the most useful way to motivate students. Explaining that their work will ultimately lead to an end goal will give them a sense of purpose for their work. KS4 teaching is a crucial building block to further education, with future universities looking at their grades it is more important than ever that students know this, so that they put the appropriate amount of effort into their work.


Do you agree with these or do you think there are more important points, then comment below!

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