Without motivation, students have a hard time learning effectively. Sacramento California high school teacher and blogger, Larry Ferlazzo tackled this important topic of student motivation in his video titled, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. In the video, Ferlazzo points out the challenge educators face: creating the conditions in which students can bring desire and passion to the classroom.
He states that while extrinsic motivation, a common method used in facilitating motivation in students, has its time and place, it can also be detrimental to high order, creative thinking. He goes further to explain that extrinsic motivation tactics such as rewards, threats and incentives work better for basic, manual types of tasks. In order to boost student motivation, Ferlazzo suggests creating an environment where intrinsic motivation will flourish and describes the four elements associated with creating such an environment:
In this informative video, Ferlazzo gives detailed descriptions and specific examples (some from his own teaching experience) of how these four elements can be applied in the classroom: