Helping students motivate themselves is an important skills that teachers must attain. This article describes several techniques that can be used to help students develop their own intrinsic motivation. I really like the tips given here and find them to be quite useful.
The Classroom Motivation Project was created by a teacher to expose students to intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation ignites important growth fostering behaviors such as pursuing challenges, exercising skills, and developing one's interests. I really like this video as the topic used to relay the information is the classic movie: "The Karate Kid." I think this would be a great tool to show to students to get them interested in their learning.
Some of the best activities a teacher can perform are those that actively engage all the students. This video explores this idea and provides a variety of tips as to how to design lessons that support this idea. I like the examples and the advice the speaker gives. I also recommend watching this at the beginning of the year to guide lesson development.
One can never have too much information about the theoretical ideas behind student motivation. In this clever video, the history of motivational theory is discussed. While I found it to be a bit dry, it does a wonderful job of outlining all of the current ideas behind student motivation.
Coming up with activities that engage students is often a challenge, even for master teachers. This resource provides a listing of several activities students can perform that are especially designed to increase their motivation for learning.
This professional development activity is designed to help teachers develop the mindset that encourages a critical analysis of what participants believe, what they do, and what might need to be changed to fully realize the potential of student-centered teaching. I think this set of activities will be very useful to new teachers in particular who are trying to develop the skills needed to motivate their students.
Teachers cannot have too many tricks to get students to be internally motivation in their learning. Here, several strategies are provided. I like the way each of the tips offers specifics as to how it can be implemented.