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Motivation is not only the key to student success in the classroom, but it is the greatest way you can empower an individual for the rest of one's life. Most classrooms are based on a century old model, but for today's students, a 100 year-old classroom is boring. Teachers must learn to address both motivation and content. Each student is motivated differently but the faster you can recognize how and what motivates each, the better everyone can perform inside and outside the classroom.
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Access Motivation
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    21st-Century Learner: Create! Communicate! Collaborate!

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    Mark Weimer says:
    This article details the great advantages of the 21st-century classroom and how it engages and motivates students through technology. While not all schools may have the funding for an advanced classroom, many students have the tech in their pocket which they can use in collaboration with the teacher and other students.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This 20 minute TED talk video given by Dan Pink explains that most rewards do not motivate. It is from a business perspective but is wholly applicable to the classroom, where motivation is even more important. In fact, traditional rewards often are not effective and their ability to narrow vision presents limitations for minds that should grow.
  • Motivating Students

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    cft.vanderbilt.edu
    cft.vanderbilt.edu
    Mark Weimer says:
    This article is an excellent resource outlining different types of motivation and different types of learners. It summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of different types of motivation and offers strategies that can be used in the classroom to reach even the most difficult students.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This blog conveniently lists 21 different strategies that teachers can employ to help reach their students in an engaging manner. It is not rocket science and most educators surely apply a good number of them, but perhaps there is that one thing that you just haven't quite tried that can bridge the gap for that one student.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This is not for the faint hearted. If you are having serious issues with student interest, this is an in-depth, lengthy article about moving towards a 21st century student-centric classroom.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This 19 minute TED talk video analyzes why students are bored in school and what differentiates that from the 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.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This blog article discusses five principles that you can consider to better motivate your students. Some methods of motivation may encroach a great amount on teaching style, but these five are smaller adjustments.
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