Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom

Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom

Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom

Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom

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Helping students achieve their best in our classrooms is not an easy task. Students come with a complex history which includes family, culture, health, physical, social, emotional and prior learning experiences. These experiences orient the individual in new learning situations—sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. We cannot hope to understand the complexity of these forces, but we can come to understand better some elementary dynamics that are more or less likely to facilitate or impede an individual's interest in learning in the classroom. My treatment of motivation is one attempt to help you to understand some of these more elementary dynamics. Even then, the task is not easy as motivation in classrooms does not stand alone—it has deep roots that stretch back into the whole world of the child. Nevertheless, at times it is possible to define motivational problems in a classroom from a limited perspective and to implement strategies to overcome the problems—strategies which work! In my presentation I outline Cognitive, Social Cognitive and . . .

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