11th-12th Grade Motivators
Students become motivated when they themselves feel like they can complete the work, and when they find personal interest, or when completing the task would bring them social rewards, like belonging to a group, or gaining compliments from someone they care about or look up to.
Getting a good grade makes a student feel good about themselves, and can motivate them to do even better on their next assignments. A student who pushes to get good grades is always self-motivated. Juniors and Seniors are 1-2 years away from college. They push themselves to get better grades than their freshman and sophomore years, when they did not care as much about college.
The one thing on Juniors and Seniors' head is Graduation, and finally being done with High School. They become serious about considering their future. They want to show their parents that they can be something in life after school, and gain independence from their parents once leaving school. Students become motivated to apply to scholarships and do better academically, in order to gain money instead of having to rely on their parents for their college fund.
Schools can provide gifts or awards to students in order to push them to do better academically, or morally. Creating a "college culture" is more motivating than just promising scholarships or grants. Speakers, or seminars can make college a more interesting idea to students who are undecided on going. Having award ceremonies or Honor Roll breakfasts make students set a goal for themselves to gain this award. School GPA also sets a competitive student body. One person may want to have their GPA higher than their friend, and would try harder in school.
School programs for specific career fields can interest seniors or juniors into learning more about a career field. Integrating community service within school can also motivate students. School clubs or sports make students maintain a grade in order to play or be in a club, making students try harder to enjoy their hobbies.
Teachers can find ways to incorporate news, themes or popular culture within their lessons. This motivates students to connect events to subjects in school. If teachers raise the expectation level of the class, or make the classroom competitive, seniors and juniors are less likely to get bored. By having challenging but interesting content, students are more likely to be motivated to learn.