How to motivate your students

Mr Beezy

Mr Beezy, otherwise known as Adebola Adeoshun, is a well-groomed professional speaker who currently travels across the United Kingdom inspiring and motivating youth and adults to achieve their dreams. Drawing on his life story and personal experiences of hardship and triumph, Mr Beezy has inspired individuals to achieve results they thought not to be possible with his “Nothing is Impossible” message.

Mr Beezy has just finished writing a book “7 quick steps on how to motivate your students” which he will be publishing soon, in the book he teaches through the experiences he has faced motivating students over the past 4 years.


Website: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“How do you motivate your students?” - this become a popular question amongst teachers all across the UK, and where I come in. I have been travelling the UK motivating and inspiring students to achieve their dreams and improve their academic results; I’ve found a various amount of tools useful when it comes to motivating students to do the things which they need to do. Over the last 4 years I’ve seen a huge growth spurt in the area of schools turning to different resources in order to provide motivation for their students, whether it be through speakers, videos and other means. I will share an insight to what has personally led to my success when it comes to motivating students.

When motivating students, I think back to when I was their age and in their shoes. That’s one of the best ways in which I relate to them; I share with them stories about how I was in school, which they find humorous but also relatable. This allows them to open up to me and listen to what I have to tell them. When I speak to the students, I’m like an older brother to them. I show genuine concern for their circumstances and I genuinely want them to do well, which they can pick up from my persona.

If teachers try to demand respect and are always dictating to the students, what they should and shouldn’t do, students switch off and lose motivation. Although they still have a lot to learn, they feel like they know it all, and teachers have to now be smart with the wording they use to get their point across. I’m not saying become scared of students and step on eggshells when around them, but what I am saying is lets understand where they are coming from, empathise with them and allow them to realise they you are both playing for the same team.

One tool that I’d like to share with you briefly is that students are motivated more when they are having fun. If you look at the school system today, especially between years 7-9, I can pretty much guarantee you that if you ask students to name their favourite subjects, it will more than likely be P.E. It’s a subject that is practical, fun and keeps them active.

In life in general we switch off when we find things boring; if you find that students are not motivated in your lessons or getting work done, it more than likely means that they find it boring. Now I know you cannot make everything you teach fun, but as a teacher you have the liberty to implement different tools to enhance the lessons. For example, you can add ice breakers at the beginning and in-between the lesson; what this will actually do is help to keep the attention span of the pupils, along with helping to keep them motivated. Creating a high-energy, fun learning environment will definitely help to motivate your students.

I could go on forever on different ways teachers can motivate students, from helping students to find out why they want to be successful, to how to build rapport with students and also rewarding students. For now, lets focus on making learning fun; when students have fun learning their energy and motivation levels will increase. Lets accommodate the generation we have today and adapt to the times we are in, lets use technology to our advantage and other tools that have proven to be successful in engaging students. Until next time, keep up the great work and continue to transform, motivate and inspire our students to greatness.

Do you have any tips to get students motivated? Leave your stories and personal experiences in the comments below.

Image Credit

Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support us.
When you register, you'll join a grassroots community where you can:
• Enjoy unlimited access to articles
• Get recommendations tailored to your interests
• Attend virtual events with our leading contributors
Register Now

Latest stories

  • How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country
    How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country

    Teaching English in a foreign country is likely to be one of the most demanding experiences you'll ever have. It entails relocating to a new country, relocating to a new home, and beginning a new career, all of which are stressful in and of themselves, but now you're doing it all at once. And you'll have to converse in a strange language you may not understand.

  • Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?
    Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?

    Over the weekend, my family of five went to an Orlando theme park, and I decided we should really enjoy ourselves by purchasing an Unlimited Quick Queue pass. It was so worth the money! We rode every ride in the park at least twice, but one ride required us to ride down a rapidly flowing river, which quenched us with water. It was incredible that my two-year-old was laughing as well. We rode the Infinity Falls ride four times in one day—BEST DAY EVER for FAMILY FUN in the Sun! The entire experience was epic, full of energizing emotions and, most importantly, lots of smiles. What made this ride so cool was that the whole family could experience it together, the motions were on point, and the water was the icing on the cake. It had been a while since I had that type of fun, and I will never forget it.

  • Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2
    Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2

    The Action Pack is back for the start of the brand new school year, just in time for Recycle Week 2021 on 20 - 26 September, to empower pupils to make the world a better and more sustainable place. The free recycling-themed resources are designed for KS1 and KS2 and cover the topics of Art, English, PSHE, Science and Maths and have been created to easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning.

  • Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu
    Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu

    Following the exceptional performance from British breakthrough star Emma Raducanu, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open recently, Emmamania is already inspiring pupils aged 4 - 11 to get more involved in tennis - and LTA Youth, the flagship
    programme from The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, has teachers across the country covered.

  • 5 ways to boost your school's eSafety
    5 ways to boost your school's eSafety

    eSafety is a term that constantly comes up in school communities, and with good reason. Students across the world are engaging with technology in ways that have never been seen before. This article addresses 5 beginning tips to help you boost your school’s eSafety. 

  • Tackling inequality in EdTech
    Tackling inequality in EdTech

    We have all been devastated by this pandemic that has swept the world in a matter of weeks. Schools have rapidly had to change the way they operate and be available for key workers' children. The inequalities that have long existed in communities and schools are now being amplified by the virus.

  • EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab
    EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab

    The world is catching up with a truth that we’ve championed at Learning Ladders for the last 5 years - that children’s learning outcomes are greatly improved by teachers, parents and learners working in partnership. 

  • Reducing primary to secondary transition stress
    Reducing primary to secondary transition stress

    As school leaders grapple with the near impossible mission to start bringing more students into schools from 1st June, there are hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils thinking anxiously about their move to secondary school.

  • Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?
    Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?

    The K-12 online tutoring market is booming around the world, with recent research estimating it to grow by 12% per year over the next five years, a USD $60bn increase. By breaking down geographic barriers and moving beyond the limits of local teaching expertise, online tutoring platforms are an especially valuable tool for those looking to supplement their studies in the developing world, and students globally are increasingly signing up to online tuition early on in their secondary education schooling. 

  • Employable young people or human robots?
    Employable young people or human robots?

    STEM skills have been a major focus in education for over a decade and more young people are taking science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects at university than ever before, according to statistics published by UCAS. The downside of this is that the UK is now facing a soft skills crisis and the modern world will also require children to develop strong social skills as the workplaces are transformed by technology. 

In order to make our website better for you, we use cookies!

Some firefox users may experience missing content, to fix this, click the shield in the top left and "disable tracking protection"