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Motivational Activities for Students

Naomi Sarah
We look into some suggestions here on motivational activities for students, where you'll find ways on how to rein in a student's confidence and self-esteem. You'll also find activity suggestions that will help them open up and be more sure about themselves in future endeavors...
A person's confidence needs to be given a significant amount of boosting to propel them towards being individuals in the future that can take on challenging situations, not to mention people. It is important to have self-confidence and a certain air about oneself that exudes sureness.
Students today are subjected to different activities that calls for one to be brave and walk up to the limelight without letting one's meekness get the best of them. I am a soft-spoken person most times, the keeps-to-themselves kind if you know what I mean.
School was my main ground when it came to kick starting my self-confidence and getting over my fear of audiences. Once I built upon that fear through motivational techniques mostly done through self-motivation more than anything, I was able to give speeches more confidently and handle teams better, once I hit college.
Students need to have their own space when it comes to feeling comfortable when being thrown in the spotlight, and these motivational activities should help bring about a completely different side to themselves once they adjust.
How to Put Together Motivational Activities
Combined with a series of games, there should be activities incorporated into the session like public speaking, enacting in plays, taking part in dance shows, leading a debate team and so on. Check out these motivational games to throw in some fun time during the sessions.
Let's find out here on what other kind of activities would suit a crowd of students best, in motivating them to become self-assured individuals in the future.
What If...
Explain to students that the purpose of the game is to give them a chance to not only exercise their confidence levels but also their creativity and openness. Get them to feel comfortable among each other and to understand that they are among ordinary folk, with zero judgment.
Start off with yourself by saying, "What if I were stranded on an island and needed three essential items. I'd need..."; trail off from this point and ponder about what you would want, making it slightly funny to lighten up the air.
Give everyone a chance to think about what it is they'd like to have as well, and ask them questions here and there to further make them talk. That way everyone is involved and you can keep the conversation flowing and not just focus on the game alone.
Team Presentations
Make a series of small cut up chits and write down different topics that cover creative arenas and those that fuel discussions and opinions. Hand these out in a bag while students randomly pick out a topic to work on.
Divide them into groups of four or five depending on the strength of the classroom, and have them come up with something totally spontaneous and fun, in an hour and 30 minutes.
Once they're done, have them all present their work in front of the class, initially of course providing the materials to pull off a presentation like chart paper, drawing boards, sketch tools and so on. The team with the best presentation wins; give them something to work towards like a prized object, so that each team gives it their best.
This helps them speak openly in front of a crowd and opens up room for them to learn how to interact with team members when working as one.
Self-Introductory Speeches
Everyone has something interesting to reveal about their pasts or future pursues.
Have students formulate a way on how to structure a speech revolving around three criteria based areas - a brief account of their childhood (where they were born with random snippets from their past), details of where they were previously situated if at all (foreign exchange students or those from out of the town).
And what does the future hold in terms of career. That way they open up about themselves to others, where you can allow students to ask questions at the end of each student's speech.
It allows them to get to know each other better and find out things about their classmates, touching upon areas like speaking fluidly, making eye contact, maintaining a flow of questions between him/herself and the one who asks the question and so on.
Have students suggest different workshop ideas that they'd like to be a part of, and try to get the management to comply. These workshops will help students focus primarily on something they could be passionate about. Be it in cooking, woodworking, music, painting or so on.
Exposure is the ultimate key to building upon one's motivation that they can take up anything if they set their minds to it. Practicing these activities on a daily or weekly basis will help them grow strong in these desired fields.
If the management cannot support so many workshops, encourage students to take up a course on the side like over the weekend, and tell the class about it as they progress in that area they're working towards perfecting.
Motivational activities help students at a young age, to work on that part of themselves that needs to get accustomed to act as a team and also meeting new people, as they age.
There will be many obstacles and hurdles to overcome, where one's confidence would be tried. Be encouraging and supportive along the way to help them get back on their feet and stay there.