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Consider two examples of teaching:

Professor X walks into the classroom and delivers a 3-hour lecture on internal combustion engines.

OR

Professor Y shows the students a malfunctioning tractor, asks them to figure out what the problems are, fix the issues and come up with a maintenance plan to prevent such occurrences in the future.

If you were a student, in which class would you learn and retain better? (Kittrel and Moore, 2013)

What is Student Motivation and Why is it Important

Motivation can be defined as a stimulus or incentive that produces a desire to act. Although motivation is a complex concept (just as human beings are complex and unique) and no single theory can adequately explain all of its nuances, some of the motivating factors include material rewards, desire to increase power and prestige in the world, interesting work, enriched environments, and recognition.  Without motivation, tasks generally are much more difficult to accomplish. Therefore, for teaching and learning to be effective, students must be motivated on regular basis (Williams & Williams, 2011) (FIX LINK)

Deep Learning Climate

(links off of LIT)

  • Strategies for Student Motivation
  • Learning Styles
  • Cognitive Learning Strategies
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Keeping it Real (real-world application, transfer of learning)
  • Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle