One simple tip to increase your students’ motivation!

One “boom” we’ve seen with English classes during covid is when you switch from purely online kids classes to “Mommy and me” online classes. ย  ย The mums are very often desperate for ways to help their kids with homeschool, ย time management, discipline, motivation, mindset, getting calm, physical activity etc. etc. ย i.e. all the skills that don’t get taught in regular school but that you as a Genki English teacher use every day of the week. ย  The mums WANT what you know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ninja Tip: Sometimes the kids and mums are taught together, ย sometimes they are split with a kids class and a parents class on another day. ย 

One reason these lessons really work is that the mums want to learn them in order to teach them to their kids. ย  ย They become so attentive and there is none of the “yeah, but … “excuses you get with non-motivated learners.

And you can use this with regular students as well.ย 

Instead of just “Let’s learn this” ย change it into

“I want you to learn this so you can teach it to …….. siblings/mum/dad/other kids in class/cousins/neighbors/classmates/ Roblox friends/ teddy bears…. “

It doesn’t matter who it is, ย it’s the fact thatย learning something to teach it to someone else flips in a switch in our brains.

Instead of just learning what we need right now and filtering out everything else, ย we become desperate to “complete the collection” ย to learn everything the teacher is saying just in case the person we are teaching needs it.

It’s a very simple tip but one that works wonders in class!


Be genki,


P.S. ย If you were wondering about the Mommy & Me online classes, ย in the Business groupย we had one teacher who sold over a quarter of a million dollars of online Genki English lessons this way! ย  And we’ve seen countless teachers save their offline schools by moving them online with a focus on helping the mums and the kids. ย  So give it a try if online is your new normal!


Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

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