Actionable Strategies To Promote Student Engagement And Motivation


I always thought that a teacher should first love the children and only then they can teach them. The positive relationship between a teacher and students is cited for being the most useful parameter in student engagement.

According to Margaret Mead, “Children must be taught how to think not what to think.”

During my practice as a Math tutor, I have seen many students who do not lack the requisite skills or the content knowledge to succeed in Mathematics, but they are filled with anxiety and low self–efficacy leading them to doubt their ability to complete the work.

I often hear children confess that:
“Oh, my mom had a fear of Math, so I too have the fear. Just thinking about it makes me nervous”.
“I hate my Math teacher, so I do not like this subject”.
These negative responses are far more common than positive ones.

I have also faced Math anxiety earlier in my life. I lacked cognitive skills and abstraction during my middle school years. One of my teachers taught me to look for the deeper meaning in what I was learning; knowing that deeper understanding comes from connecting multiple ways to solve the problems. Regular confidence-building exercises that look challenging enabled me to do well. This boost in my confidence and self-efficacy decreased math anxiety, and gradually I felt more capable and motivated.

Here is the list of actionable strategies to promote student engagement and motivation:

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1. Developing the child’s social skills
Love children and make them comfortable so that they can come to you without any hesitation and share their views and ideas.

2. Data collection
Understand the child by collecting data about their likes and dislikes. By also collecting data digitally, you can instantly refer and make decisions about class projects and assessments. It will provide a detailed picture of each student’s interests and skills.

3. Keep your classroom layout flexible
In order to keep the creativity flowing between these learning setups, the critical factor is to keep your classroom layout adaptable and easily reorganized. Feel free to experiment with different seating arrangements, but always make sure that your classroom is set up to accommodate a range of learning activities and work styles.

4. Motivational quotes and stickers for students
Motivate them by giving a round of applause with ‘feel good’ stickers for showing interest in the class.

5. Fun classroom activities
Engage the students with different games and activities where they can learn by having fun.

6. Incorporate student choice in the classroom
Let students choose the topic, ask the questions, decide the content,pick the materials & resources. You can give students some options on how to achieve their learning objectives. Many teachers offer their students “Choice Boards,” allowing them to tailor their learning activities according to individual preferences.

7. Teach them specific topics through Math manipulatives and videos.
Integrate videos and Math manipulatives based on the topics. Students will be more motivated to access videos and manipulatives while learning to understand the concepts better

8. Establish high expectations and establish clear goals
Daily learning goals should be posted. It should be visible to all the students and referenced daily. Establishing the “goal of the day” at the beginning of the class gives students a purpose for their learning. Engage students and parents in some activities related to that topic at home by assigning a few assessments of their choice.

9. Promote a growth mindset over a fixed mindset
Learners with a growth mindset are indeed more motivated to work hard.

10. Create vision boards using Canva.
A vision board is any board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. Students can learn how to make their vision boards using Canva.



Student engagement and motivation will help students like the subject and increase their affection towards it. We can motivate and nurture them to love the subject and clear their concepts through activities and pictorial ideas. To be honest, our generation is no longer interested in doing the same thing for the rest of their lives. Our generation is interested in learning new things and methods and also creating their opportunities.

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