“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning”. This quotation aptly describes the effects of motivation to learners.

Many teachers are doing their best in planning and executing out their lessons; however, pupils are not getting good results in their academic performance. Several questions are coming up on their minds as of the process of an effective teaching and learning process. Therefore, the amount and quality of learning that takes place ultimately depend on the learner. The learner’s interest and perseverance to learn is determined to a very great extent by his/her level of motivation.

But what is motivation? This is a driving force that impels one to react. It is described as an inner urge that moves a person. As used in teaching, it refers to the teachers and students rationale or purpose, which originates from oneself to undertake a learning activity.

The learner’s level of motivation as influenced by the teachers’ way of teaching which includes motivational strategies or the teachers reactions to the pupils response, may either turn on or turn off them.

Motivation is classified into two kinds, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (Corpuz, 2007). Intrinsic motivation is also called internal motivation. It originates from the students inner selves or from factors inherent in the task being performed. For example, students may engage in a learning activity because they are convinced that what they learn is important or is the right thing to do.

On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is also called external motivation. It originates from the students learning environment or from factors external to the students and unrelated to the task at hand. It takes the form of reward or recognition. Examples are a trophy for a first placer in a contest, a trip to Ocean Park for a year-end grade, a certificate for being well-behaved and a medal for winning in a debate.What will happen if pupils are highly motivated? The following are some observations’.

– Actively participates in every class- Often  seen procuring or researching additional references

– Curiously examining lots of things- Volunteers borrow and return reference materials used

– Facial expression shows satisfaction over an awardIn contrast, poorly motivated pupils are

:- Passively stack to be seat during discussion- Uninterested look and facial expression

– Endlessly bother neighbor rather than listen

– Unable to follow simple instructions

– Leave learning task half

-doneCan you recall if you were motivated by your elementary, high school or college mentors?



Mrs. Victoria H. Laqui
Teacher III
Samal North Elementary School

By: Mrs. Victoria H. Laqui | Teacher III | Samal North Elementary School

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