Here's a very interesting article that brings research-based strategies to life as the author presents his efforts to integrate research-based strategies in his early teaching years. The author, a high school teacher in an urban charter school, explains the research by describing his experiences in adopting and refining strategies to harness his students' intrinsic motivation in writing the dreaded (in this environment) five-paragraph essay.
I really like the way this listing of ideas presents itself in a graphical manner. Each of the ideas presented is a great way to improve motivation of students. The graphic's bold, one-word headings act as motivating reminders for the teacher.
Helping students motivate themselves is an important skill that teachers must attain. This article describes several techniques that can be used to help students develop their own intrinsic motivation. I really like the tips given here and find them to be quite useful.
This EL Education Professional Learning Pack provides a good overview of identifying students' learning profiles and using them in the classroom to differentiate instruction. While this PLP was created to be used in conjunction with EL Education's workshops and institutes, it also functions as a good overview, with links to related resources and instruments for determining learner preferences.
Here's an easy to read article that overviews learning profiles and their use in the classroom. The author provides some useful links to instruments for creating learning profiles and activities to use.
Presents chapter 10 of Carol Ann Tomlison's "How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, 2nd Edition," which provides a thorough review of learning styles and preferences and how to recognize and create learning profiles around those identified learning styles and preferences. The chapter also provides strategies and implementation examples for using learning profiles to differentiate student learning in our increasingly diverse classrooms.
There is a lot of research into how teachers can build a child's self-motivation. This article describes some of that research and discusses "motivated environments." I like this article as the information it presents it really useful.
This 19 minute TED talk video analyzes why students are bored in school and what differentiates that from the things they like to do on their own. After all, most students actively seek out information regarding their personal interests outside the classroom. Dr. Peter Gärdenfors outlines how kids are naturally motivated and how that can be brought into the classroom.
How can teachers get student's motivated? This article provides some good ideas. I really like this article as it breaks down its suggestions in simple terms and good examples. I recommend all teachers read this.