I chose to research MOTIVATION IN THE CLASSROOM. I work in a life-skills classroom, and I am always on the look out for new tools to help motivate my students as well as my assistants!
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1) Motivation is very interesting. In the following video you will see that incentives work well when we ask our students or assistants who work with us to do mechanical tasks. However, incentives do not work well when we ask them to do cognitive tasks. It makes sense when you think about it. If you are given a task that is simple or has one answer, people will be motivated by the incentive because it can be obtained easily. But to get our assistants and students truely motivated we need to allow them to achieve personal satisfaction. We want them to feel like what they are doing really matters. When a person feels needed and competent they become better performers. (5/5)

2) This power-point is full of 26 motivational sayings and phrases. I think of it as a book to keep on file in case I need to help motivate my assistants. Like all people my assistants have multiple factors and personal life problems that influence the way that they work in my classroom it is my responsibilty and desire to help motivate them to be the best people that they can be! (4/5)

3) I really love how short and sweet this video is! It focuses on the way we view people. We need to view others in a way that reflects how we view ourselves. Other's may not look or dress the way that we do but they sure our motivated like we are! (5/5)

4) I found a great website that discusses motivation in the classroom. This site focuses on creating goals with your students. It also talks about motivators for students who just don't care. I have had some students who do not care about extrinsic motivation. One suggestion that this site has for these types of students is to give that child a job and be sure to set goals. Most people are more receptive to doing things when they have something that they are responsible for. Please go to the following website to learn more: Successful Student Motivation Classroom Teaching Strategies (4/5)
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5) I really liked this You Tube video, it is a great reminder to keep your classroom lively and open to creativity. I like how this video points out the fact that not only is the student bored and unmotivated but so is the teacher. I have found that to be true for myself as well as my assistants. (4/5)

If you can only view one element of my wikipage go to the RSA Motivtion You Tube video (the 2nd video on my page) because it is full of great information about motivating individuals in a way that is beneficial for our assistants as well as our students. It teachers that we need to motivate people by making them feel valuable and needed. Every person in the world needs to feel desirable and of value and it is our job as instructors to help encourage self-motivated individuals.

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"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful."

~Mark Victor Hansen

I really like this quote it reminds me that there is never a better time to start something. The more I build up my assistants the better they will perform for me and for my students!

My Catalog of Resources(Others are listed above)
1) I found a great website that focuses on Student Motivation. The website is called Focus on Effectiveness: Motivation the site has excellent information on different types of motivation. On the sidebar there are different areas that you can click on. They give examples of technology and goal setting along with a multitude of different factors that help with motivating kids to be excelent students and teachers to think outside of the box. (5/5)
2) I found an inspirational video on You Tube that is geared more specifically for adults (in my opinion). I was motivated by the video to pursue my passions and desires. It was a video that made me look to my inner values and motivators. I asked myself the questions...What motivates me to do more? What makes me tick? What do I value? I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do! (4/5)

3) Another website that focuses on motivating students is called: Student Motivation. I really like this website because it links to other websites that offer more information on specific subjects. It is full of helpful hints and examples of learning strategies and different styles of teacher behaviors. (5/5)

4) I found this cute little video about motivation on You Tube. It is a short little reminder and motivator in itself. The big question..."How will you motivate your students?" I give this a 3/5 because it doesn't really give any advice on motivating others it just asks us a question...

5) Another neat resource was a website called Theories of Motivation. This website is full of differing theories of motivation. It cover's Maslow's heirarchy of needs, Alderfer's ERG theory, Herzberg's two factor theory and a multitude of other theories. I believe this is a good resource for a quick reference to see the difference between the varying theories. (4/5)

6) This power-point was found on the following website:
http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/arundhatip-220510-motivation-leadership-styles-peter-analysis-education-ppt-powerpoint/. It is a great website full of a variety of power-point presentations that are helpful for a variety of purposes/topics. The power-point presentation that I chose to show on my wikipage is full of information. The biggest thing that I took from the presentation is that when people motivate each other the working climate becomes ideal. My biggest challenge is making sure that the work environment is safe and encouraging for all employees and students. (5/5)

7) Some may not like Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory but this website explains more information about his theory and why he believed what he believed. The main point of his theory is that true motivation comes from within a person. The website is called, Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory. I hope you enjoy! (4/5)
8) Another great resource is this power-point presentation on Motivation. It goes over the basics of motivation, the definition, the basic concepts, intrinsic and extrinsic examples, theories, Maslow's hierarchy of needs and a multitude of other topics. The reason why I like this presentation of motivation is because it is short and easy to navigate. It is broken up nicely and gives the viewer a quick overview in a short amount of time. I rated this presentation (4/5), I found this power-point at the following website: