How to encourage your child to keep trying
“Want to maximize your child motivation on learning? Here are two tips that are sure to help.”
In a class or at home, there are times that waiting on a child to giveback is incredibly frustrating especially when you have put in so much effort to describe how the child can do a task and he isn’t improving. It seems the easier resolve would be to allow such a child to move onto another activity or task rather than keep struggling with one task. It is even more frustrating when you are waiting for the child to learn to eat and finish his food, or learn to wear shoes on the right feet in order for you to go attend to a task. You believe the child have plenty of time, and so you just stop pushing him / or her to continue trying again.
A lot of time it is not just time and patience an instructor needs to teach a child. If you are a parent or a teacher, you would need to learn all forms of learning in a child, whether inward or outward. Briefly, we would look at two ideas that encourage learning:
Compliment: If a teacher or parent compliments a child for a task well done, there is more of a chance that the instructor would have further well done task in future. This consequence makes positive behaviors happen in a learner more frequently. Therefore, when a child makes little effort in carrying out a task with your help or his own ability, use compliment. Compliment lets a leaner spend most of his time trying to learn a task on his own and eventually be able to carry out the task successfully on his own.
When I was on my way to learn how to iron my dad’s shirts at age 10, he would stand by me and say something like, “Spread the collar inside out on the ironing board. Place one shoulder of the shirt over the narrow end of the board so that the piece of the shirt that stretches across the upper back faces up.” And I would do something else. At times he collects the iron from me to describe the exact way to do the ironing before handing it back to me. Nonetheless, I would do something contrary to the instruction. In this case, he would only just say, “Nooo, that’s not it. It is this way.” As I begin to get the ironing correctly, he would say something like, “Yes, that’s it! That’s my girl. You are getting it right.” Rather than getting frustrated, pushing me aside, collects his shirt and do his own ironing, he applied patience and compliment. In the course of time, I started ironing my own clothes and then, iron his shirts without being told.
Reinforcement: This should come immediately after compliment, rather than being delayed. Reinforcement that happens only some of the time causes learning to take longer, but also causes it to last longer.
A child was able to tie his shoe lace with your help. After complimenting the child, he should be reinforced by tying the shoe lace all on his own.
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