MOTIVATION – the process of instigating and sustaining directed behavior (Schunk 2012)
No person can directly motivate another because motivation comes from within a person. However, motivational theories can inform a person (e.g. the teacher) about effectively creating environments or situations that can influence other people’s behaviors (e.g. students) according to what is deemed desirable.
On my first semester at UPOU, I was motivated to learn. I was excited to study again after a long time. Since I am a BSC graduate and a teacher, I was motivated to learn more about Education. One of my goals also why I took PTC is for me to qualify to take the LET. These two goals: to learn (intrinsic motivator) and to be more qualified to be a teacher educationally and to take the LET (extrinsic motivator) motivated me to study.
As we progress with our study, I was overwhelmed with the task/ activities that we needed to do. I have spent a lot of time especially during night time studying. It was tedious that there were times that I didn’t want to open my laptop to read and do the activities.
On my 2nd semester (this semester), I seem to have lost my motivation to learn. The excitement was gone. I can’t put myself to study even though I have read about metacognition and self-regulation. Reading my classmates post and comments about motivations help me put myself to be on track and be motivated for a time only. I was inspired by their stories and was encouraged reading their posts. Another thing that has helped me was the podcast that I watched by Pastor Joel Osteen entitled “Keep your vision in front of you”. It was about having a vision, writing it and putting it in a place where you can see it everyday. So I did write a vision about my studies and placed it where I can easily see it everyday.Whenever I am lazy to do my online study, i think about my vision and it motivates me sometimes.
Reflecting from these, I think I got bored from reading and doing assignment. Hoping that I can motivate myself again and not just to get by my studies, doing reading and assignment just for the sake of accomplishing the requirement of the course.