MOTIVATING AND COMMUNICATING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Child Motivation
Sept 2012
Children do many things simply because they want to; this is the result of "intrinsic motivation." The child makes their own choice and achieves satisfaction from the act of choosing and from the opportunity to play/ or take part. Since the activity is generating the motivation, it is mostly self-sustaining for as long as the child wants to continue the activity. When a child is extrinsically motivated, the reward comes from outside, from someone else, and has to be continually given for the child to remain motivated. Since intrinsically motivated activity is more rewarding in and of itself, children learn more from this sort of activity. An intrinsically motivated child is more likely to learn and retain information because they believe they are pleasing themselves. They are therefore more involved in their own learning and development. Adapted from "Early Childhood Motivation" by Martha Carlton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville

The Human Communication Model

This workshop will help you:
• • Identify what motivates children Analyse your own information processing and decision making skills to ensure you are building positive learning environments that support and develop intrinsic motivation Explore and identify coach behaviours/ tools and strategies that you can use to help children become and remain more fully intrinsically motivated
DEVELOPING FITNESS MAKING FRIENDS

Coaching Behaviours/ Tools/ Strategies
• • • Plan appropriately and be organised Develop a rapport and a relationship with the children Create a positive learning environment that emphasises learning and development, is fun, and inclusive Adapt to the situational demands and individual needs. Set challenges for all levels of ability. Use the STEP model. Focus on play and reduce the emphasis on competition Use problem-based learning and guided discovery. Include questioning and listening to promote understanding. Use a Game-based learning approach Recognise achievement and provide positive reinforcement to groups and individuals

BEING CHALLENGED HAVING FUN

LEARNING NEW SKILLS

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ENJOYING COMPETITION

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An intrinsically motivated coaching environment looks like, sounds like and feel like:

Developing Excellent Coaching Practice
Today’s learning has been designed to stimulate debate and ideas on how to motivate and communicate with young children. Identify just one thing you can do differently to improve your performance and effectiveness when working with children.
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