Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:09

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students

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Enabling students to experience accomplishments and improvement builds their feeling of competence a powerful intrinsic motivator.
Monday, 08 January 2018 09:08

Guiding Students to Be Independent Learners

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Three strategies for helping students become self-motivating and take charge of their learning.
Students want to be engaged in class. They really do -- but sometimes other things get in the way of their natural instincts. A few changes to how a teacher runs a classroom can make a huge impact on how engaged students will be in that classroom. It's an issue that every teacher has to face, but it can be addressed in some very simple ways. Here are just a few of my strategies for dealing with low levels of student engagement. They've made a major difference in my classes over the years.
When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all, student thinking (i.e. cognitive engagement) (Fredricks, 2014). This is because students may be behaviorally and/or emotionally invested in a given activity without actually exerting the necessary mental effort to understand and master the knowledge, craft, or skill that the activity promotes.
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