Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom

Bring on the i.

I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren’t we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more?

Here are a few ideas I have on how to add some i to your classroom.

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~Mia

Book to add to the reading list:

Why We Do What We Do by Edward L. Deci

http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-What-Understanding-Self-Motivation/dp/0140255265

Rubrics

I have recently been shocked at the fact that educators don’t really see the need for a rubric. They either find them too specific or too vague. But, I am not really sure they are seeing the big picture on this one. Rubrics are great for students and teachers.

Here are a few benefits:

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What else would you add? How have they helped you?

~Mia

The First Day of School- A Teacher’s To-Do List

Here is a group of infographics that relate to your first day of each teaching term. They are mostly the ones I work through within the beginning weeks of classes. I have included the QR codes for each so you can find them easily. The five things I do at the beginning of each term is Greet students, Set the rules, Team build, Grab or Gain their attention, and Assess prior knowledge.

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Let the Students Set the Rules

Is this a crazy idea? I have found it very effective. I usually spend a substantial amount of time the first class creating rules with the class. It starts the students thinking , bonding, and taking responsibility for their own education. I love it.

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Transforming New Faculty

More and more higher education organizations are using experts from the field to teach college courses. The experts have a passion for their industry and profession. Sometimes this passion does not translate into good teaching. I am working on a new training series that seeks to both identify the issues, describe the players, and train the new faculty experts. This is the overview infographic. The series is also part of a larger training curriculum to transform the learning experience in college classrooms.

Stay tuned for infographics on each of the 10 topics and the training curriculum.

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