Motivation in a Primary Classroom

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When teachers define, create and facilitate positive classroom climates, they must undoubtedly consider how their pupils will be motivated. Adam Boxer (2019) describes motivation as a ‘complicated beast’, with pupils being ‘motivated by a whole host of competing and intertwined factors.’ Your climate will inevitably prioritise the nurturing of pupils’ intrinsic motivation so they find themselves engaging in learning ‘because it is inherently interesting or enjoyable’ (Ryan and Deci 2000). Making use of certain extrinsic motivations to reach that ultimate goal may be necessary in the form of specific praise to encourage desired behaviours (Willingham 2008). As you watch this video of classroom practice, consider how the teacher: uses praise to create a safe environment incorporates elements of choice to motivate pupils communicates high expectations by referencing their year group gives sufficient time for thinking models curiosity and excitement about learning   [mycre

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This Post Has 9 Comments

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    Abul Kalam Aziz

    Although The ECH is a relevant tool for NQT’s, I think it is hugely beneficial to anyone involved with children’s education, I just learnt about intrinsic motivation!

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    Angela Murphy

    Out SCITT work with Primary and Secondary trainees. I am a Secondary specialist. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to observe practice within Primary as part of the role. I really enjoyed the video!

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    James Crawford

    Following the link to Adam Boxer’s article, his first line accurately summarises the motivation of children as a “complicated beast”. During my ITT this year I have found it to be a mixture of purposeful entertainment with engaging tasks. The video clip demonstrates appropriate use of both, the teacher is engaging the pupils as a performer, whilst the pupils contribute to a purposeful task. Demonstrating an important difference between a childminder and a child ‘educator’, it requires that happy medium.

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    Mrs Sally Ann Wilcher

    This will be added to my list of CPD resources for support staff with pupil engagement and interaction

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    Diana Fabin Chandersy

    Excellent ..children were extremely motivated 😊

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    Gemma Goulding

    A great article, loved the video, she motivated so effectively. Definitely points I will use in my own practice.

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    Lydia Marsh

    Even though I am a secondary teacher, I found this video really useful to see how the teacher created excitement amongst the pupils and really supported them in reaching the correct answer

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    Floren Looker

    I’m going to make myself an apron with pockets! What a fantastic way to engage the children in their learning.

  9. L

    A great classroom group activity to ensure learning, knowledge retention and repetition of facts.

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