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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.