Harness the power of motivation to transform the learning experience!
When properly channeled, motivation propels learning forward. Yet teachers across all grade levels and disciplines struggle to recognize and cultivate this dynamic, social force in the classroom. This essential resource proves that all students are motivated to learn, and provides authentic tools to create and sustain a classroom community that is highly engaged. You'll discover: Reflection activities that promote student voice and self-efficacy as well as assess existing motivation levels; Case studies and best practices based on current motivation theory and research; Strategies to design meaningful learning tasks and build positive relationships with students and colleagues
This practical guide, aligned with Race to The Top Initiatives for teacher evaluation and Common Core Standards implementation, shows educators not only how to identify and harness motivation but also to sustain it over time. This is the one resource that will engage you in the thoughtful exploration of motivation and provide you with field-tested strategies that actively involving students, teachers and the whole school.
“The information and reflective exercises presented here allow a faculty to come together, tap into core beliefs, and create a culture of classroom motivation that energizes the entire school.”
—Melanie Mares Sainz, Academic Coach
Lowndes Middle School, Valdosta, GA
Section I: Understanding Student Motivation
Introduction: The Nature of Motivation in the Classroom
In our work as teachers and with teachers for more than two decades, few topics have been more prevalent in the discourse of teaching and learning than motivation. Motivation captures the imagination of veteran and novice teachers alike. It is an often sought—but less often found—quality of students and classrooms. In hallways, classrooms, and meeting places, we hear statements such as these:
“She's so motivated. That girl will go far.”
“My class was involved and energetic today.”
At times we also hear these:
“My fourth period class is a bunch of duds. They sit there and won't participate.”
[Page 2]“He'd do well if he just applied himself. He's just not motivated.”
These comments and others like them attest to ...