Students all around the world moan and groan when it comes to maths homework, and even when it’s time for mathematics class. How can we help them to overcome the scared feelings?
Aside from constantly feeding the same set of information to every student in the class and expecting them to ace the class, teachers also have to look at each individuals' motivating factors in order to push them to improve and do well in their studies. Motivation can be split into two types, extrinsic motivation and intrinsic Motivation.
Extrinsic motivation involves external factors or rewards that is outside of the learner or students' control. For example, outstanding performance could lead to economic rewards, peer acknowledgement or praise.
Intrinsic motivation relates to internal factors and has to do mainly with the will and desire to understand certain concepts or to perform well in certain tasks. Students often strive to do well from intrinsic motivation from (1) the desire to understand a concept, (2) egotistically outperform others, (3) impress others.
Being presented a challenge has its risks. The educator should be aware that the challenge is within the reach of the students ability so that it is achievable, if students are presented with a challenge beyond their level of comprehension, it could be distracting and discouraging.