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Motivating Your Team

Get your team excited. Watch them thrive.

As an ExploraVision teacher one of your most crucial roles is to provide motivation at the appropriate times. Whether you're offering constructive criticism or cheering them on, you have an important role in keeping your team on track and enthusiastic. Here are the dos and don'ts of motivating your team to a successful project.

Do:

  • Help the team determine a schedule and timeline and monitor its progress
    • Older students will need less support here, but younger students will need you to oversee them
  • Give students feedback, but allow them to work independently
    • The teams will need you to be available to listen to their ideas and to help resolve any discouraging problems
    • Respect what they do so that they retain their sense of ownership of the project
  • Make them famous
    • Praise the team publicly
    • If possible, set up a bulletin board of past and present entries or put them on your school's Web site
  • If possible, provide them a little freedom from other school and homework
    • Most teachers provide some in-class time to work on ExploraVision submissions
  • Encourage, encourage, encourage!

Don't:

  • Forget that ideas (and egos) are fragile
    • Keep your students upbeat by offering criticisms in a constructive way, tempered with praise, and never ever laugh at ideas
  • Ignore the obvious
    • Winning ExploraVision entries are not always glitzy
    • When looking for project ideas, have your team members look carefully at the tools and technologies they use every day
    • Have them think about tasks they do every day — are there ways to do them better?

A Word From Our Alumni

"ExploraVision influenced my decision to major in the sciences. I plan to work in the environmental field and eventually to teach at the undergraduate level."
Justin
Tufts University
1994 Award Winner