LESSON PLANNING: Motivational Techniques

This University of Maryland Baltimore College user page discusses motivation of adult learners. It outlines motivators, strategies, environment, and obstacles.

A few strategies listed from Wlodkowski include:

  • Establish Inclusion
  • Develop a Positive Attitude
  • Enhance Meaning
  • Engender Competence

I found two examples within establish inclusion very enlightening – multidimensional sharing and participation guidelines.

Multidimensional sharing, for example, executed early in the class through a brief introduction outlining expectations, concerns and hopes for the class can build a connection early on between the students and the instructor.

Also, setting participation guidelines can establish a clear vision of acceptable and unacceptable interactions and discussions that will ensure a safe environment that is conducive to participation. It can also help keep the class on point.

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