Express: Making Magic with Motivation

Express: Making Magic with Motivation

May 23rd

As living, breathing human beings we know that harnessing the greased-pig of motivation can be challenging. As educators, we are always on the look-out for new ways to motivate our students because we understand the important role motivation plays in engagement, learning and achievement. Making Magic with Motivation is a 3-hour Iowa license renewal course that brings you the leading and latest motivational research. What to expect…

In Making Magic with Motivation, we start by examining leading motivational theories and how they can be applied in the classroom. We make theory practical and doable for the educator. We then examine the latest brain research on motivation including the brain’s innate Seeking System and Information Processing System and how they relate to active learning and the attention getting memory. Finally, we look at how all this information relates to students’ executive functioning and how it can better prepare them for the future.

This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules.

This class is available for License Renewal, Paraeducator or Audit credit.

Course Materials/Required Text:

Text: The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance (2015) by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt. It can be purchased at local bookstores or ordered online. Due to page and publication differences between the hard and electronic copies, the Kindle edition is NOT recommended.