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Motivation leads Ferrer at MMS
by Bruce Harper
May 25, 2012 | 1519 views | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Moreno Middle School seventh-grade math teacher Pete Ferrer is joined by two of his students with a backdrop of motivational posters that adorn the ceiling in his classroom. The students are, from left, Maria Jimenez and Valeria Garcia.
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BEEVILLE – Seventh-grade math teacher Pete Ferrer understands that, when you have motivated students, the learning and teaching become easier and better.

“After getting the sixth-graders up and motivated with our Loud Mouth Golf math, I knew I had to do something special to keep it (the motivation) going,” Ferrer said.

His project with his classes brought the students to recognize, acknowledge and seek out some of the best, world-wide, motivational speakers from all walks of life. Politicians, big business moguls, actors, scientists, writers and everyone in between were fair game, as Ferrer had his students make posters highlighted with motivational lines or sayings. The poster also is counted as a project grade for the class.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” ~ unknown origin.

These are just a few of the words of wisdom within Ferrer’s classroom. But, they’re just not on the walls. The posters made by the students also adorn the ceilings in the classroom. At any time, a student can gaze upward and gain a little pep talk for the moment.

“The kids love it. It brings the motivation to life,” Ferrer said.

It does seem to work; the teacher has seen improved grades from his students over the last year or two. He plans on continuing the inclusion of motivational techniques with his teaching. Ferrer knows and understands that a motivated student will have a better chance at good grades and learning, not just math, but about what it takes to be successful in life.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.”