by Jung Won Chun
Ph.D. student, university of Florida
Motivating students is not easy but is one of the most fundamental and important issue in teaching. If students lose their motivation to learn and engage with you as a teacher, they not only aren’t gaining as much as they could from your class but they could become academic discipline problems.
So, the key question is: “How can we motivate students?”
To answer this question, we need to understand different types of motivations. Here are two types of motivation:
- Goal-driven: “I need a B to get into law school.”
- Rewards: “I can earn extra credit if I do well on today’s quiz.”
- Pressure to perform: “If I flunk this course, I will lose my scholarship.
- Competition: “I should do a better performance to win the first prize in this project.”
- Achievement: “I want to earn A for this course.”