To inspire!

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People often feel powerful driving forces inside when they do interesting and exciting things. What kind of power is it and where does it come from? Recently I visited EXPO Speakers Club event and had a chance to listen to the speeches of some successful and creative Kazakhstani citizens. The story of Marat Omarov, founder of the “Eventica Group” company, drew my attention. Marat told us that for him the “idea” of any business was always valued higher than money and other material values. Dropping out of University and being a person without higher education degree, Marat didn’t want to work just for earning money, but only for self-satisfaction and self-affirmation. Luckily, he found the purpose of his life that fits in one word – inspire, to inspire, to inspire people. The point that became interesting for me after his speech is how inspiration and motivation can move education process toward the progress.

I found some answers in the work of Bowman (2011)  “Rethinking What Motivates and Inspires Students”. Author names intrinsic motivation and pride as the main mechanisms stimulating students to achieve new heights (p. 266). The quote of Katzenbach (2006) presented in the work seemed very meaningful for me: “the peak performers in life are seldom in pursuit of money or formal advancement except as validation of the pride they feel in their workplace achievements” (p. 59). In other words, teacher should develop students’ motivation and pay attention to the question of pride in class environment. A professional instructor knows about students’ interests and can direct their energy and desires into right way. It is always nice to see how students share their inspiration with group-mates.

Another group of authors (Williams, Nixon, Hennessy, Mahon & Adams, 2016) conducted a research on inspiring teaching and found out that the main element of comfortable inspiring environment in class is trust between students and teacher (p. 7). Moreover, researchers pointed out that educational process and curriculum should be “informative, engaging and challenging” in order to be inspiring (p. 10). As shown above, inspiration is a great force that can be beneficially used in education.

Dear readers, what are your thoughts about inspiration and motivation in education? Can inspiration help students move toward the progress?

References:

Photo credit to: http://nc3t.com/inspired-to-create-partnerships-part-1/

Bowman, R. (2011). Rethinking What Motivates and Inspires Students. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 84(6), 264–269. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.library.nu.edu.kz:2100/doi/pdf/10.1080/00098655.2011.592164?needAccess=true

Katzenbach, J. R. (2006). Motivation beyond money: Learning from peak performers. Leader to Leader, 2006(41), 59. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.library.nu.edu.kz:2059/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=cd6fe2d0-6586-49be-a914-487d5c3704f0%40sessionmgr4008&hid=4102&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=edb&AN=22223121

Znamenskaya, O. (2013). The secret of success from Marat Omarov. KursivKz. Retrieved from: http://www.kursiv.kz/news/kultura/Sekret-uspeha-ot-Marata-Omarova/

Williams, L., Nixon, S., Hennessy, C., Mahon, E., Adams, G., & Gritter, K. (2016). Inspiring to inspire: Developing teaching in higher education. Cogent Education, 3(1), 1154259. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.library.nu.edu.kz:2100/doi/pdf/10.1080/2331186X.2016.1154259?needAccess=true

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5 thoughts on “To inspire!

  1. Dear Alina,

    Thank you for such an inspiring post! I definitely think that both motivation and inspiration are the key drivers of progress and success. It is related not only to the educational sphere. Since I have the experience of teaching, I tried to build and maintain the friendly rapport with my students. I believe that everything should be built on trust. If a teacher trusts and believes in his/her students, it motivates and inspires students to progress. As a person, student, woman, sister, etc., I find inspiration in many different ways. However, I mostly get the inspiration from people. It really helps succeed. In your case, how do you find the inspiration? Does it happen unintentionally?

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    1. Dear Ayana,
      Thank you for an interesting question! I usually get inspired by different things in our world. It can be music, books, films, but most of all I get inspired by people, their stories and personalities. I always want to surround myself with individuals who will inspire me to do something. For this reason, I think it is so interesting for me to communicate with foreigners. They can motivate me to learn new language and culture to understand them better. And yes, I think sometimes I can find the source of inspiration unintentionally. It is again connected with people who are important for me. If they consider something as interesting or significant, unintentionally it can become the source of inspiration for me as well.

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  2. Dear Alina,
    Thank you for sharing the post on this topic. I completely agree that inspiration and motivation are powerful driving forces for progress. Having 6 years of teaching behind, I believe it is not easy to become a light in a candle for children. Apart from being knowledgeable, qualified, experienced, one should own a good personality. The teacher needs to be able to build a positive relationship between children and to earn trust from them. Another tool to inspire and motivate students that majority of people do not pay attention is rewarding the students. Even small effort should be considered and praised with gratifying words which will move them forward.

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  3. Thank you, Alina, for your great post.
    I also completely agree with your position. From my own experience, as a student, I can say that inspiration plays a crucial role in learning and teaching processes. Unfortunately, when I studied at school and at university I couldn’t get any inspiration or motivation for learning from teachers. I deem the reason for that was a large number of student in classroom and teacher simply couldn’t work with students individually. Moreover, in our education system teachers have a lot of paperwork except teaching, therefore, they don’t have time to think about motivating and inspiring students.
    I assume that not only teachers but parents also have to inspire and motivate their children as their role in child’s life is huge.

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  4. Well-researched and well-explained post. (5/5) Only minor comments about articles:

    ___ Author names intrinsic motivation…(here it is a defined, singular teacher: use “the”)

    In other words, ___ teacher should develop students’ motivation… (here, you might be referring to all teachers, so use the plural without an article, or “the teacher” singular, as an example of all of that kind. This second one sounds more encyclopedic, like “The blue whale is the world’s largest mammal.”)

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