Student Motivation (Extended Episode)
Student motivation is the topic of this extended episode conversation with host Kayla Potter and High School Language Arts Teacher Desmond Spann. At the foundation of the discussion is the concept that motivation is a skill that ultimately must align with students’ values and interests. Desmond acknowledges the difference between internal and external motivation in the classroom and why he strives for the former over the latter.
One strategy Desmond uses for increasing intrinsic motivation is being intentional about finding out what’s important to students and showing them how what is happening in the classroom aligns with their values. He also explains how creating classroom conditions where students feel it’s okay to take risks and make mistakes contributes to student engagement and motivation.
Kayla and Desmond additionally discuss giving students the language they need to express that they’re struggling with motivation and engagement, balancing academics with humanity, the pitfalls of solely using grades as a motivator, and the connection between equity and student motivation.
Worth Work podcast - Desmond Spann and Jesse Gardner
Atlas of the Heart - Brene Brown
Susan Fowler books on motivation
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