Motivation, Performance, And Your Student

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Motivation, Performance, and Your Student, Grades 1st- 8th Motivation is a very important factor in personal and academic performance. This article focuses on students ' motivation and how it can enhance performance, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and strategies to affect motivation and increase positive performance. Motivation can be thought of as the cause of a particular behavior, or the drive created by wanting or needing something. (Funk & Wagnalls, 2015) For our students, the type of motivation, or need, that we are focusing on is related to academic and personal achievement and performance. We will identify techniques to enhance a student 's ability to self-motivate as well as strategies that teachers and parents can use to …show more content…
Two types of motivation to keep in mind while reading this article are, intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation occurs when a student is interested and intrigued by a subject, and due to interest, is drawn to fully engage with that subject. This type of motivation leads to high levels of academic achievement as well as a high levels of retention of information. (Ormrode, J.E., 2014) Examples of intrinsic motivation include reading a book about a favorite topic, playing an instrument for the sake of pure enjoyment, and playing a sport because one loves it. Extrinsic motivation occurs when outside consequences or influences are the driving factor of an elicited behavior. (Ormrode, J.E., 2014) Examples of extrinsic motivation include; reading a book because everyone else has read it, playing an instrument to gain approval of a parent, and playing a sport to earn a scholarship to college. It is important to keep these two types of motivation in mind to help devise techniques and strategies that will motivate our students and help students motivate …show more content…
Keeping this in mind, let 's explore some strategies to help our young learners stay motivated. Whenever possible, let your student choose subjects of interest for projects and reports. When a student is intrinsically motivated they are far more likely to enjoy and draw meaning from an assignment or activity. So, if the structure of the assignment or activity allow for it, give students the opportunity to select material that is of interest to them. If allowing the student to choose material is not an option, help them to identify motivating factors, intrinsic and extrinsic, that can be utilized to build motivation or interest. For example, if a student has to do a report on World War II and they aren 't interested in war or history, but they are interested in planes, there might be a point of interest that can be drawn out by a teacher or parent that is internal to the student and also relates to the assignment. Perhaps the only motivation that can be cultivated is external, then help the student understand how his engagement in this assignment and its successful completion will feel good and will earn them the necessary grades and skills to remain competitive with their peers and potentially gain them access to their desired future career or college. Asking students the same

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