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27 Ways to Encourage Intrinsic Motivation in Students

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Years ago, I completely transformed my teaching methods. After more than a decade of using traditional methods–control, lecture, homework, testing, and grades–I spent a summer researching and reflecting.

Daniel Pink’s incredible book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, taught me the value of intrinsic motivation. The next school year, everything changed in my classroom.

The controlling Mr. Barnes vanished, as did the boring traditional methods I’d employed for far too long. Intrinsic motivation became the guiding factor in all classroom decisions.

Confused about intrinsic motivation? I was at first. This infographic, 27 ideas to encourage intrinsic motivation in your students, should help.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 130,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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