As a new teacher (as of January) looking to learn as much as possible, I took the advice of my final practicum mentor teacher: I got a mentor. I signed up for my district’s new teacher mentorship program, and was accepted. I was lucky enough to get a fabulous, experienced mentor who teaches the same grade level and at my school. I really can’t over-state how lucky I feel about all this. Gushing aside, this program is built around an inquiry process, and my guiding question is: How can we foster motivation for French Immersion students to speak French?
This is an age old question, and one that gets a lot of knowing chuckles and sighs from people in the biz. Ironically, I find that motivates me to continue looking at this question.
During my Educational Psychology courses at UVic, we learned about motivation in terms of the 3 A’s presented by Alan McLean on Education Scotland’s The Journey to Excellence website: autonomy, affiliation, and agency. Check out this video to hear more.
I will post soon about some ideas that I have encountered, but in the meantime please feel free to comment with your ideas and/or frustrations related to this topic!