Intrinsic Motivation Infographic: 27 Ways to Encourage Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students

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Intrinsic Motivation Infographic

Motivation can be divided into two types:

  1. Intrinsic (internal) motivation and
  2. Extrinsic (external) motivation.

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is centered within the student. The motivation comes from the pleasure one gets from the task itself or from the satisfaction received from completing the task.

Extrinsic motivation refers to the performance of an activity in order to attain an outcome, whether or not that activity is also intrinsically motivated. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the individual. Students who are intrinsically motivated are more likely to engage in the task willingly as well as work to improve their skills, which will increase their capabilities.

27 Ways to Encourage Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students

  1. Share your story with your students
  2. Incorporate the student in the learning experience
  3. Spark curiosity in the subject matter
  4. Experiment with eliminating extrinsic awards
  5. Create a lesson that is free of grades
  6. Ask students what motivates them and then tap into these motivators
  7. Challenge students to find a new solution to an old problem
  8. Encourage creative ways to accomplish the same task
  9. Use teams or groups
  10. Praise students for meaningful accomplishments
  11. Practice what you teach
  12. Play a game that teaches the same principles
  13. Discover your passion
  14. Discover your students' passions
  15. Allow time for the process
  16. Demonstrate, show, describe, and engage with a purpose
  17. Add energy to what you are doing and intrinsic behavior
  18. Create a new atmosphere for creativity
  19. Collectively set milestones to reach, and display them
  20. Create multiple skill assessments that students choose to take
  21. Allow students to measure progress throughout
  22. Create a trusting atmosphere
  23. Create a class vision
  24. Engage in community service
  25. Let students have a choice – in what they do, how they do it, and how to assess it
  26. Share with others what is happening in the classroom
  27. Incorporate the student’s life and story into the classroom
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