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An understanding of motivation is key for any teachers to be successful.  We need either intuitively or explicitly to understand the factors that affect student success in our classrooms. 

We also need to understand what motivates us, us teachers. We too are part of the classroom dynamic! 

Here are some essential resources, readings, links, videos, essays that will help us teachers understand the powerful (and may I say magical?) elexir that is motivation. 


Motivation Diigo Bookmarks    |    ERIC bookmarks (learning)  |   ERIC bookmarks (teaching)

Folder of motivation related research articles (covering a lot of the theory of  motivation: attribution / expectancy / goal orientation / social  )

Videos tagged "Motivation" - many good ones to show / discuss with students!

Also see Larry Ferlazzo's best posts on motivating students. Lots of great tips and also his book   - Helping students motivate themselves.


Have a thought about motivation or want to read what other teachers think?  Visit our LinkedIn discussion on this topic.



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Dornyei's extensive review of language learning motivation is available for free download from the journal Language Teaching right now (along with the other 9 most searched for articles of the year) here:



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