Helping students maintain appropriate levels of motivation is a challenge. It is an important goal however as few teachers would argue that motivated students who are interested in learning do learn more. 

Tips for Promoting Student Motivation 

  1. Know your students' names and use their names as often as possible.
  2. Plan for every class; never try to wing it.
  3. Pay attention to the strengths and limitations of each of your students. Reward their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses.
  4. If possible, set your room in a U-shape to encourage interaction among students.
  5. Vary your instructional strategies; use lectures, demonstrations, discussions, case studies, groups, and more.

Read more from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Brophy, J. (1987). Synthesis of Research on Strategies for Motivating Students to Learn. Educational leadership45(2), 40-48.

Svinicki, M. (2005). Student goal orientation, motivation and learning. Idea Paper41.