|2014-11-01||Steve Gardiner||Tips on Student Motivation--Part 3|
Part 2 viewed challenge and skill, student passions, adult modeling,
and rewards/praise as concerns in thinking about student motivation.
Part 3 will look at three more factors involved in motivation.
8. Problem-Based Learning. At many grade levels, the Common Core State Standards require students to conduct research about a problem and provide a solution. It's not a new idea, but when students engage in this type of activity, they may be demonstrating autonomy, pursuing a passion, experiencing a flow activity, or all of the above at once. Problem-based learning allows students to examine the types of problems they would find in a real-world setting (examining water quality in a local pond, studying traffic patterns in a congested part of a city) which makes the research relevant and important. Often these activities also involve producing a presentation and delivering the information in a report to the class or community, adding writing and speaking skills to the benefits of the project.
No Motivation Formula
In the end, motivation is a complex concept with many variables and factors. There isn't a single formula or plan to solve all student motivation issues. Deci (1995) suggested that rather than asking “How can people motivate others?” we should be asking “How can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?” (p. 10). If what we want in students is intrinsic motivation, genuine motivation that will last a lifetime, that is the path we need to take.
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