Strategies to Spark Motivation

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/nine-strategies-to-spark-adult-students-intrinsic-motivation/

This is a great link for some suggestions to spark adult students intrinsic motivation.

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic

Extrinsic motivation occurs when we are motivated to perform a behavior or engage in an activity in order to earn a reward or avoid a punishment.

Intrinsic motivation involves engaging in a behavior because it is personally rewarding; essentially, performing an activity for its own sake rather than the desire for some external reward.

Some great ideas from the article include:
– Encourage students to draw on past experiences and facilitate a dialogue of discussion with regular active participation.
– Provide announcements and emails with information about the resources available for struggling students (i.e., mentorships, coaching, or counseling services).
– Provide real life applications through simulations, case studies, and role playing activities.
– Invite guest speakers that are experts in the field. Experts can pique students’ interests and highlight relevance of the learning concepts being taught.

Some of these ideas would work well in my carpentry class. I will be incorporating simulations in the work shop as well as drawing on each students past to see what they know, what they still need to learn.

I feel it is very important to make students feel the value of what they are learning, not just wanting a good grade.

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