Motivational Techniques

This online article is a compilation of excerpts from Barbara Gross Davis of the University of California, Berkeley book Tools for Teaching (2009). In it she explains there is “no single magical formula for motivating students,” but provides what she calls general strategies as well as tips organized thematically into sections such as “Incorporating Instructional Behaviours That Motivate Students,” “Structuring the Course to Motivate Students,” “De-emphasizing Grades,” “Motivating Students by Responding to Their Work,” and “Motivating Students to Do the Reading.” I found this article helpful because it gives brief, manageable strategies for motivating students in a variety of different ways.

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