A lesson summary is used to recapture
students attention and build to a motivational
climax. You may want to give short or interim
summaries at various places in a lesson. Give
final summaries after you have covered all of the
main points of the lesson. Quickly reviewing the
main points can refocus students and help them
The purpose of the summary is to instill in
students a desire to retain and use what they
have learned. Although you motivate students
throughout the lesson, the summary is your last
chance to emphasize how important the
information is to them as individuals. The
ultimate goal of instruction is to cause students to remain motivated beyond the instructors influence
and apply what they have learned on the job.
You must constantly motivate your students to learn. Grasp every opportunity to motivate students.
As an instructor, you must find which methods and devices work best with your students in certain
situations. After instruction begins, assess each students achievement level, learning styles, and
motivational patterns to determine the readiness of each student to learn.
Remember Maslows theory. Be sensitive to your students needs and provide them with a proper
learning environment. Those students with adequate motivation should then be ready to learn.
Following Maslows theory does not mean you pamper students into learning. Rather, it means you look
upon each student as a human being with certain inherent rights and feelings.
As an instructor, be professional, intellectually honest, and aware of your influence on students. Set
a good example at all times by maintaining a neat, clean, and proper personal appearance. Be courteous;
use proper titles when addressing military or civilian students. Set rules early in the course and
maintain them. Welcome and profit from the evaluations of the students or other instructors. Avoid
arguments, control distractions, and be fair in all your dealings with students--above all be consistent.