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The Effects of Motivation on Learning

In “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,” authors describe a critical fact that all parents & educators should know.

Extrinsic Motivation

comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment, or pressure from others.

Instrinsic Motivation

 is the drive that comes from within the student. It is the desire to learn and achieve for its own sake. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment, or pressure from others.

Research shows that intrinsic motivation is a more powerful predictor of student engagement and learning than extrinsic motivation. When students are intrinsically motivated, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process, take ownership of their learning, and persist in the face of challenges.

Creating Motivating Learning Environment:

One of the keys to fostering intrinsic motivation in students is to create an engaging learning environment. An engaging learning environment is one that is challenging, meaningful, and relevant to students’ lives.

Here are some ways to create an engaging learning environment:

Provide choice:
Giving students a choice in what they learn, how they learn it, and how they demonstrate their learning can increase intrinsic motivation.

Make it relevant:
Connecting learning to real-world applications and students’ interests can make it more meaningful and relevant.

Encourage collaboration:
Collaborative learning activities can increase engagement and motivation by creating a sense of community and providing opportunities for social interaction.

Give feedback:
Providing timely and constructive feedback can help students see the progress they are making and encourage them to continue.


Promoting a Growth Mindset

Another factor that plays a role in motivation is mindset. A growth mindset, which is the belief that intelligence and abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication, can increase motivation and engagement in learning. On the other hand, a fixed mindset, which is the belief that intelligence and abilities are fixed and unchangeable, can lead to a lack of motivation and a fear of failure.

Motivation is a crucial component of student engagement and learning. By creating an engaging learning environment, promoting intrinsic motivation, and fostering a growth mindset, educators can help students stay motivated and engaged in the learning process. When students are motivated to learn, they are more likely to achieve academic success and develop a lifelong love of learning.

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