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Twenty Tips on Motivating Students. Vanderbilt University. Intrinsic Motivation Intrinsic motivators include fascination with the subject, a sense of its relevance to life and the world, a sense of accomplishment in mastering it, and a sense of calling to it.

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Students who are intrinsically motivated might say things like the following. “Literature interests me.” “Learning math enables me to think clearly.” “I feel good when I succeed in class.” Advantages: Intrinsic motivation can be long-lasting and self-sustaining. How to Motivate Students: Top 12 Ways. If there is one thing we know about kids, it’s that they have short attention spans and prefer now to later.

How to Motivate Students: Top 12 Ways

This is especially true at the beginning of the year. Teachers, more than any district or schoolwide programs, have the most power to know how to motivate students because they’re on the front lines. They can influence students in a way that kids can actually understand: here, now, today, in this room. ***Obviously, not enough can be said about parent involvement, but that’s a Top 12 list for another day*** How to Motivate Students In Your Classroom or School 1. Recognize work in class, display good work in the classroom and send positive notes home to parents, hold weekly awards in your classroom, organize academic pep rallies to honor the honor roll, and even sponsor a Teacher Shoutout section in the student newspaper to acknowledge student’s hard work. 2. Set high, yet realistic expectations. Classroom management techniques to control the stress in your teaching life.

The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers. The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers The images above were all lifted (with permission!)

The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers

From a wonderful Flickr stream created by Krissy Venosdale. I find them deeply inspirational, and I thought I’d share them in case someone else out there is looking for a bit of motivation. Krissy is a passionate and inspired American teacher. You can find out more about her and her projects here: Also, you can find the full-sized images of these and many other ‘Venspired’ posters at: 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation. 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated.

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do. Among the many challenges teachers face, often the most difficult is how to engage students who seem unreachable, who resist learning activities, or who disrupt them for others.

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

This is also one of the challenges that skilled teachers have some control over. In my nine years of teaching high school, I've found that one of the best approaches to engaging challenging students is to develop their intrinsic motivation. The root of intrinsic is the Latin intrinsecus, a combination of two words meaning within and alongside. Strategies-helping-students-motivate-themselves-larry-ferlazzo?crlt_pid=camp. Editor's Note: This piece was adapted from Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond by Larry Ferlazzo, available March 21, 2015 from Routledge.


My previous post reviewed research on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. In this post, I'll discuss practical classroom strategies to reinforce each of these four qualities. Autonomy Providing students with freedom of choice is one strategy for promoting learner autonomy. Educators commonly view this idea of choice through the lens of organizational and procedural choice. Five Ways To Strengthen Your Classroom Discipline. Quotes. I can't believe it's already time to head back to school!


I asked teacher friends on Facebook for some quotes they'd like to see on posters and they gave me some fabulous ones! I'll be posting a few each day this week and you find them in a folder HERE in both PDF and JPG. I did each one in color and in black and white. {Be sure to click and download from the folder, the ones here are too small & will be blurry!} Classroom Motivational and Inspirational... by Z is for Zebra.

Mrs. Laffin's Laughings: Stop Talking with Beat the Teacher. It's Saturday, so it's time to link up with my BBB Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation!

Mrs. Laffin's Laughings: Stop Talking with Beat the Teacher

The weeks leading up to spring break were absolutely horrible with chattiness -- talk, talk, talk. I'm talking about the kind of talk when there shouldn't be talk. I know the kids were excited -- I was excited -- be we still had some learning to do! So I came up with this very simple, yet powerful, way to control all of the talking. I call it Beat the Teacher. It basically is a game of you versus the students, and who doesn't love a little friendly competition?

Successful Student Motivation Classroom Teaching Strategies. Student motivation, especially intrinsic motivation (the motivation that comes from within ones self), is a critical part of the education process.

Successful Student Motivation Classroom Teaching Strategies