While I was in Mississippi, there was one part of my presentation that resonated with teachers (well, more than that, but I'd like to talk about one!). That is student motivation--I focus on how we can create an environment that taps into students' intrinsic motivation. Do you know how students are intrinsically motivated? There are two factors.
First, students are more motivated when they see value in what they are doing. They can see value in three ways. First, they see value in the relevance of the content. Second, students can find value in the type of activity they do. And finally, they see value in their relationship with you. Next, students are more motivated when they feel successful. It's important to build opportunities for success within your classroom.
How do you use value and success in your class?