You’ve probably learned by now that students will not learn unless they are motivated. This is why you do your best to make relevant, engaging and motivating lesson plans for your students. But, have you ever considered the role that motivation plays in your job as a teacher? After all, if you are not motivated to teach, your students will notice that and not be motivated to learn from you.

For instance, let’s say that you have a student who constantly fails to turn in assignments. No matter what you do to try and help her along, she rarely turns in any assignment on the due date (if at all). Now you’re frustrated. You have grown sick and tired trying to think of ways to motivate her to get her work done and turned in. In a situation like this, what do you do?


It seems that you can either give up trying to help this student and focus on other things. Or, you can harness your own motivation to come up with a strategy that may actually work. (A teacher who cares about student success will choose the second option here.)

Now your own emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, comes into play. Your EQ will determine your success–or failure–in helping this student achieve success in your classroom. This seemingly impossible task becomes much easier when you have a high EQ and level of motivation.

So, how can you improve your own motivation and help students like this reach their full potential? Our virtual training academy, ConoverU, has your answers. Here, you will learn about emotional intelligence (EQ), how you can improve your own EQ, and how to apply it to your everyday life so that it impacts you, your students and your classroom.

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