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Putting It All Together: Connecting “Motivation” with “Teaching Style”

Researchers tend to focus on particular topics in education. Some folks study¬†attention, while others look…



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Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach

Over the last few months, I have been working with a student who is retaking…



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Reframing Motivation: Urgent vs. Interesting

You are walking through a museum after closing time, peering into room after room. You…



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Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less by Ellen Braaten

In Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less: How to Rekindle Your Child’s Motivation, Ellen Braaten…



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It’s All in the Timing: Improving Study Skills with Just-Right...

Some research-based teaching advice requires complex rethinking of our work. For instance: We know that…



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Learn Like a Pro: Science-Based Tools to Become Better at...

With the school year starting in just a couple of weeks, Learn Like a Pro:…



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Beyond Slogans and Posters: The Science of Student Motivation

In many cases, cognitive science offers clear teaching advice. You’re curious about working memory? We’ve…



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The Source of Student Motivation: Deeper than We Know?

Usually I blog about specific research findings that inform education. Today — to mix things…



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Motivation = “Self-Determination” + Common Sense

Common sense tells us that teachers should offer clear goals and specific feedback. Research supports that guidance, with an important caveat. Continue reading



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What (De)Motivates Struggling Math Students?

When teachers focus on their students’ “innate math ability,” what happens to their students’ motivation? Researchers in Germany wanted to find out. Continue reading



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