Extrinsic gestures to create a platform for intrinsic motivation for the class of 2021.

JENN Training and Consultancy has taken the opportunity to visit several schools between March and April with the vision to trigger excellent performance from learners that are due to sit down for the National Senior Certificate at the end of 2021. This initiative has been an ongoing project for the organization for a few years now, and this years theme is that of Academic Reclamation, after the challenging year that was 2020. 

The journey started in the Eastern Cape’s Amathole East and Chris Hani West, and swiftly moved on to OR Tambo Coastal and Alfred Nzo East.  

This has seen more than 2500 Grade 12 learners be recipients of fun goodies as rewards, even before they have sat down for their life-changing examinations. This is an action resulting from the JENN team understanding that the best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. 

Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Having realized that learners get motivated differently, the stopovers to present verbal motivational addresses as well as the bags, water bottles and stationery packs are our way of getting classrooms full of kids that are enthusiastic about learning, working hard, and pushing themselves to excel – explained a member of the marketing committee. 

A word of advice to all educators: Help students find intrinsic motivation. 

It can be great to help students get motivated, but at the end of the day, they need to be able to generate their own motivation. Helping students find their own personal reasons for doing classwork and working hard, whether because they find material interesting, want to go to college, or just love to learn, is one of the most powerful gifts you can give them.