“You can teach students a lesson for a day, but if you can teach them to learn by creating curiosity, they will continue the learning process as long as they live”
Clay P Bedford
Everyone in this world has needs that they have to fulfill. According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, human needs were divided into two big groups, the deficiency needs and growth needs. The deficiency needs energize people to meet the needs; survival, safety, belongingness, and self esteem. The growth needs itself is needs in intellectual achievement and aesthetic appreciation that increase as people have experiences with them. Based on Maslow, people won’t move to the growth needs unless they fulfilled all their deficiency needs.
Applications of Maslow’s works into education perspective also seem to support its validity. Students’ motivation of learning is influenced by their needs. It is make sense that, students will not learn well if they are hungry or they will also less motivate if they are not feeling safe.
Now, let’s assume that all the deficiency needs are fulfilled, and then what motivates you to study? “Do you study for credits or do you study for life?” Of course, there is no right or wrong answer for this question. Both of them were directly driven by the needs, needs of fulfilling the requirement for graduation and needs of satisfying the curiosity about something. Since the nature of the growth needs is it will never be completely satisfied, it will be better if we could make our students study for life. Here are the challenges for the teacher, raising their intrinsic motivation so that they will continue the learning process as long as they live.
It is sound very interesting and also challenging, creating curiosity and raising intrinsic motivation to make our students become a long life learners.