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Motivation In the Classroom

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Ashlyn Leenhouts

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Motivation In the Classroom

How Can We Motivate Our Students?
Answered by:
Kirby Leonard, Ashlyn Leenhouts, Maggie Moore, and Vivian Fore Motivation that comes from within the student as opposed to external rewards. Intrinsic Motivation Extrinsic Motivation Parent Motivation Parent Involvement in Education:
The Key to Future Success Tips on Motivating your Child
Set an example.
Be excited, so they are excited.
Be motivated yourself.
Set short and/or long term goals.
The best goals are specific in order "to learn that they can do what they set out to do."

(thelearningcommunity) Tips on Helping Motivate Your Child in School
Talk about school regularly.
This will help them realize how important an education is.
Display their achievements.
Ask your child to pick two or three pieces of their best work each week to be displayed somewhere in the house.
Point out their progress.
As your child learns and improves in school, compare recent papers to papers in the past. Show your child their progress and let them know that they should feel proud of their accomplishments.

(thelearningcommunity) Set an example by showing your child how exciting it is to learn something new and by being enthusiastic and motivated yourself. ... small "The secret to intrinsic motivation in the classroom lies in providing a learning environment in which your students' key psychological needs are being met." - Rob Pelvin (Behavior Needs)

The need for Fun Three Psychological Needs "the need to love and be loved, to be appreciated, valued and connected" Belonging Empowerment "the need for excitement and adventure, variety, amusement, entertainment and surprise" - "Fun evokes positive emotions and encompasses all that is interesting and enjoyable - variety, humor/laughter, jokes, interaction, colour, music, excitement, intrigue, novelty, surprise and challenge."

Have a GREAT opening
Be enthusiastic (& show it!)
Active activities Fun Children need to feel they are learning for themselves, not for their parents. Encourage (thelearningcommunity) The need for Belonging We asked our parents to answer some questions about their child:
Do you provide your child with incentives for good grades?
What do you think works to motivate your child in the classroom?
What do you think motivates your child to do school work at home?
What do you think intrinsically motivates your child? Parent Motivation Survey Benefits:
Can be long lasting and self sustaining.
Help students develop and strengthen inner goals
Focuses on the subject, rather than the reward.

Can be slow to affect behavior.
Can require special and lengthy preparation.
Must learn how to motivate each individual child. Intrinsic Motivation Benefits:
Typically involve little effort or preparation
Result in quick behavioral changes
Do not require too much knowledge of individual student interests.

Can often distract students from learning
Can be challenging to devise appropriate rewards and punishments for behavior
Often have to escalate rewards and punishments for student behaviors
Typically do not work for long term
Once the rewards or punishments are removed, students lose their motivation
Extrinsic rewards can have a negative impact on intrinsic motivation Extrinsic Motivation
Extrinsic Motivation Benefits and Drawbacks of Intrinsic and "the need to feel competent, to succeed and achieve (and be recognized for those achievements) as well as being free to make choices and be autonomous" Note: Both motivational types can influence the behavior of the student. These are the most common answers:
yes: (examples: family dinners, treat, verbal praise, money for good grades)
positive reinforcement, extra reading time, verbal encouragement from teacher and/or peers, incentives such as "Rock Star Tickets" or picking out of the Treasure Box
from us (parents), an understanding that it is not an option, not wanting to disappoint the teacher, seeing siblings do their work
knowing they are capable, feeling of self-worth, enjoys making others happy, wanting to be good at everything, goals, and competition with others or their self How do we do it? Two ways to empower your students are to allow each of them to feel successful and competent, and to provide them with choice in their learning processes so they have a sense of autonomy.

Test often
Teach thoroughly
Involve them in the whole process
Make work relevant to their lives
"Real World" example project
Give step-by-step directions
Multiple styles
Skill focus
Reinforce successes 1. Ask questions and be enthusiastic.
Find out what your child likes and dislikes. Ask about their day and what they did in school. Be excited about their interests.
2. Get them involved in activities.
Get your child involved in a sport outside of school, see if they want to join any clubs that their school may offer.
3. Teach them the benefits of education.
Explain to your child that their education now and further on down the road will affect their future. An education is very important to pursue the type of career that they may be interested in.
4. Celebrate achievements.
Let your child know that you are proud of their accomplishments with their work. Explain to them that they should feel proud too!
5. Set realistic goals for your child.
This may take some time, but make sure your child does not feel too much pressure to always get straight A's. As long as your child knows they are doing their best and doing it to the best of their ability, then they will stay motivated and invested.

(aspeneducation.com) 5 Ways to Motivate Your Child! The classroom needs to be a place where our students feel at "home". They need to feel accepted and valued by their teacher as well we their peers.

Provide support
Make frequent contact between parents/caregivers
Get on their level
Get them to coach each other
Make students feel "welcome"
Show you care How do we do it? -Motivation that comes from outside an individual
-The motivating factors are external, or outside, rewards such as money or grades.
-These rewards provide satisfaction and pleasure that the task itself may not provide. Share -An extrinsically motivated person will work on a task even when they have little interest in it because of the anticipated satisfaction they will get from some reward.
-Extrinsically motivated students may have to be bribed to perform the same tasks over and over again. (aitinstitute.org) -They prefer easy tasks
-They avoid personally difficult tasks
-They use shallow strategies for learning
-They are very grade oriented When do students pursue extrinsic goals? -School is of little intrinsic interest to them The need for Empowerment -Extrinsic motivators make sense when long-term goals are overlooked by short-term goals, such as bringing order to a class.
-Extrinsic motivation can actually decrease one's intrinsic desires, because they become dependent on doing good deeds to get rewards.
-Extrinsic motivation is often used as a quick fix to a situation. -Candy
-Class parties
-Behavioral rewards
-Good grades
-Compliments/praise Examples of Extrinsic Rewards Extrinsic motivation does not promote deep processing and/or learning. When is extrinsic motivation used in the classroom? Thank you for listening!

Now, for a little game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire!
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