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Understanding and Supporting Learner Motivation in the Classroom

Getting students motivated in the classroom is one of the hardest challenges a teacher will face. While it is hoped that motivation will be intrinsic, it is still up to the teacher to help engage and support student motivation. This collection gives background on student motivation, compares intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and provides some strategies for identifying learners' interests, learning styles and goals, so educators can encourage students to reach their full potential.
A Collection By Jeffrey Sack
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Understanding and Supporting Learner Motivation in the Classroom
  • journeytoexcellence.org.uk
    journeytoexcellence.org.uk

    Self-motivation research summary

    20 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Here's a very interesting article that brings research-based strategies to life as the author presents his efforts to integrate research-based strategies in his early teaching years. The author, a high school teacher in an urban charter school, explains the research by describing his experiences in adopting and refining strategies to harness his students' intrinsic motivation in writing the dreaded (in this environment) five-paragraph essay.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    I really like the way this listing of ideas presents itself in a graphical manner. Each of the ideas presented is a great way to improve motivation of students. The graphic's bold, one-word headings act as motivating reminders for the teacher.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Helping students motivate themselves is an important skill 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.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    In this quick video, a middle school teacher tells us how she keeps her students motivated.
  • Learning Profile

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    plp.eleducation.org
    plp.eleducation.org
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    This EL Education Professional Learning Pack provides a good overview of identifying students' learning profiles and using them in the classroom to differentiate instruction. While this PLP was created to be used in conjunction with EL Education's workshops and institutes, it also functions as a good overview, with links to related resources and instruments for determining learner preferences.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    How Learning Profiles Can Strengthen Your Teaching

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Here's an easy to read article that overviews learning profiles and their use in the classroom. The author provides some useful links to instruments for creating learning profiles and activities to use.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    The How To's of Planning Lessons Differentiated by Learning Profile

    15 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Presents chapter 10 of Carol Ann Tomlison's "How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, 2nd Edition," which provides a thorough review of learning styles and preferences and how to recognize and create learning profiles around those identified learning styles and preferences. The chapter also provides strategies and implementation examples for using learning profiles to differentiate student learning in our increasingly diverse classrooms.
  • journeytoexcellence.org.uk
    journeytoexcellence.org.uk

    Self-motivation research summary

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    There is a lot of research into how teachers can build a child's self-motivation. This article describes some of that research and discusses "motivated environments." I like this article as the information it presents it really useful.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    This 19 minute TED talk video analyzes why students are bored in school and what differentiates that from the things they like to do on their own. After all, most students actively seek out information regarding their personal interests outside the classroom. Dr. Peter Gärdenfors outlines how kids are naturally motivated and how that can be brought into the classroom.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    For teachers planning a learner-center lesson plan this book is a great guide and points out many reasons for a learner-centered classroom. The points are useful as well as practical.
  • serc.carleton.edu
    serc.carleton.edu

    Motivating Students

    10 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    How can teachers get student's motivated? This article provides some good ideas. I really like this article as it breaks down its suggestions in simple terms and good examples. I recommend all teachers read this.
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