Why intrinsic motivation is so integral to success

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Why intrinsic motivation is so integral to success

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Even though my 3rd Graders are very young, one of the main parts of my teaching involves teaching my kids intrinsic motivation. What I try to do, and I suggest parents do, is emphasize the qualities that bring out the intrinsic motivation that all students possess; helping them find meaning in their work, helping them find purpose in their work, helping in finding the joy in what they are doing, and having them do the best job they can. They are not working for rewards. They are not working to escape punishment. They are doing it for deep, personal, authentic reasons that promote caring about what they are doing. So if kids don't love reading, rather than reward them for doing it or punish them if they don't. Let's appeal to their passions. If they love baseball, let's find a book about baseball, maybe read together with them, so they experience the joy of reading along with something that they love to do. That's a very natural, authentic way to help kids become more motivated.

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Steve Reifman

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Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several resource books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a TimeEight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and Rock It! In addition, Steve has created a series of shorter, e-book resources for educators, including The First 10 Minutes: A Classroom Morning Routine that Reaches and Teaches the Whole ChildThe First 30 Days: Start Your School Year with 4 Priorities in Mind, and 2-Minute Biographies for Kids: Inspirational Success Stories About 19 Famous People and the Importance of Education. He is also the creator of the Chase Manning Mystery Series for children 8-12 years of age. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit and subscribe at stevereifman.com.  subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, check out his two professional development courses for educators on Udemy.com, and visit his Teachers Pay Teachers page.

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