Stating that with the start of face-to-face education, which was interrupted for a long time due to the pandemic, students may encounter motivation problems, experts recommend that children be given time and families be patient.
According to experts, families should talk to their children about the difficulties they are experiencing and how they can be resolved in order to provide motivation. Allow them to meet with their friends in small groups.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Duygu Barlas from Üsküdar University NP Feneryolu Medical Center made evaluations about the motivation problems that emerged in the face-to-face training that started after a long hiatus.
Returning to class rules can be challenging
Reminding that children started face-to-face education after about 1,5 years due to the pandemic, Duygu Barlas said, “Opening schools after a long break may bring along various adaptation problems in children. First of all, it can be expected that the child, who has been away from the formal education system for months, will experience difficulties in adapting to the classroom environment again, as the environment of participation in the lesson will change. Difficulties may arise in the process of returning the child to the classroom environment and the rules of the classroom, who is used to listening to lectures in front of the computer at home. warned.
Social cohesion problems may occur
Secondly, Duygu Barlas noted that if the distance between the child's school and home is too long, the child will have to travel a long distance to reach the school again.
“Therefore, the child who has been receiving education via the computer for a while may have to deal with a stressor such as “traffic” again. In addition, as the distance between school and home has disappeared during the pandemic process, the child's wake up time for education has also changed. It will take time for the child, who now needs to wake up earlier again, to adapt to this issue as well. Third, the problem of adaptation to long school hours can be mentioned. The child, who has been separated from his peers for a long time, is expected to experience social adjustment problems. It is predicted that children who have difficulties in regulating interpersonal relationships will have more difficulties in this regard.”
Duygu Barlas, who advises parents to increase the school motivation of children in this new period, noted that it would not be very realistic to expect the child, who has a serious loss of motivation in going to school and listening to lessons, to suddenly change and catch up with his old motivation.
The child should be given time and patience.
Expressing that an extraordinary situation has been experienced for almost 1.5 years, Duygu Barlas said, “While children have just accustomed themselves to the new generation education, now they are again transitioning to the old generation education. For these and other reasons, it will be necessary to show patience for a while in order for the motivation of the children to reach the desired level. In order to increase the child's motivation, first of all, the child should be reminded that low motivation is natural and should be told to give himself time. Then, help him set realistic and small goals that he can do. For example, goals that the child can achieve should be determined in subjects such as working hours and the amount of teaching. Accepting and covering the emotions of children in this period also has a long-term motivational effect.” he said.
Listen to these suggestions for motivation!
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Duygu Barlas listed the points to be considered while increasing motivation as follows:
- They should accept that the emotions and behaviors that their children experience as they adapt to a new situation are natural at the beginning and they should tell this to their children.
- Without asking too many questions after school with their children sohbet they should. They should listen to their troubles without judgment and make them feel that they are supportive.
- They should definitely talk to their children about the difficulties they are experiencing and how they can be resolved.
- They should definitely start the transition to the new order with minor changes.
- Getting their children's ideas while talking about the new order will increase child-parent cooperation and facilitate the adaptation process.
- If possible, they should stay in touch with their teachers to adapt to the classroom.
- They should be seen with their friends more often in small groups.