Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success

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The traditional reward-punishment model does little to promote achievement; however, concrete researched-based ways to motivate students do exist. Motivation as it applies to the learning process will be surveyed: basic human needs; the driving force behind all human behavior; inspiration and peak performance; energizing classroom strategies; and frameworks that encourage change and achievement.

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<ul><li> 1. Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success A Three Credit Graduate Course Designed by Mike Kuczala, Director of instruction The Regional Training Center </li></ul> <p> 2. To know and not to do is not to know! - Stephen Covey [Students] who do the doing, and [students] who do the talking . . . DO THE LEARNING! - Eric Jensen 3. How Does the Brain Prioritize Information? Data Affecting Survival Data Generating Emotions Data for New Learning Source: How the Brain Learns by David Sousa; Corwin Press - 2006 4. Survival Emotions Learning The Whole Point behind Team Building and Ice Breakers 5. Pain vs. Pleasure How do you perceive pain/pleasure i.e. what type of motivation? (Internal or external) How does the pain/pleasure principle play out in the classroom? What does it have to do with student success? 6. Pain/Pleasure To what length do we go to make sure students feel as comfortable and ready to learn as you did today? How can teachers heighten pleasure and reduce pain for students? The brain must always feel safe in order to operate in the cognitive fashion we desire. 7. What is it that my students are highly motivated to have? How can I use that in my teaching so my students will want to be there and be successful? ? 8. Glassers Needs Survival Belonging Power Freedom Fun 9. Internal Control Theory is based upon the belief that people are internally, not externally motivated. Powerful instructions built into our genetic structure drive our behavior. 8 10. Building a spirit of connection and community is essential to creating a need-satisfying school (classroom) characterized by high achievement. 9 11. Tony Robbins 6 Basic Human Needs Certainty Uncertainty Significance Connectedness Contributing Growth 12. Power is gained through competence, achievement, and mastery. * Students who are academically competent are less likely to seek power in destructive ways. 10 13. Academic environments adequate freedom within parameters that are safe, and supportive of learning. 14. Each time we learn something new we are having fun a universal human motivator. 12 15. Fun is the genetic payoff for learning. 16. Behavior is always purposeful We continually strive to satisfy the needs that motivate us: to connect, to be powerful, to be free, to be playful, to survive. 17. Internal control psychology We are goal-driven 14 18. Setting goals may be the most significant act in the school improvement process, . Mike Schmoker Author of First Things First: Demystifying Data Analysis (2003) 15 19. Research on Motivation Indicates that . . . 20. Research on Motivation Indicates that . . . 21. Research on Motivation Indicates that . . . 22. Teach SMART Goal Setting Specific Measureable Attainable Realistic Time Oriented 23. Research shows is the school-related factor most likely to affect student achievement! 24. And to quote Harry Wong You ARE the difference in the lives of the students you teach! 25. ? Are your students basic human needs being met? 26. ? Are you creating an environment that encourages risk and makes risk manageable? 27. ? Are you clearly defining effort for your students? 28. ? Are you creating lessons that are relevant and directed by interest? 29. ? Are your students being encouraged to set goals for their learning? 30. ? Could your answers have a profound effect on the unmotivated student? 31. Were bribing students into compliance instead of challenging them into engagement. Daniel H. Pink, DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US (2009) 32. Thanks for watching This presentation is based on a graduate course for teachers available from The Regional Training Center in partnership with The College of New Jersey and Gratz College (PA, MD) Available in many convenient locations in all three states Available through RTC Online www.theRTC.net 800.433.4740 </p>

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