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K-12 Professionals

Driving Force: Keys to Developing a Motivating Classroom

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Explore dozens of strategies to more effectively engage and motivate your students. Learn how to engage students more fully in the following areas: homework, literacy development, classroom procedures, and progress tracking. Examine ways of making your classroom more positive, more inviting, and more conducive to student learning and student success.


1. Know factors and situations that are likely to  promote or diminish intrinsic motivation and
     how to help students become self-motivated

2. Learn how to establish a positive climate in the classroom

3. Use different motivational strategies that are likely to encourage continuous development of  individual learner abilities

4. Engage students in individual and group learning  activities that help them develop the motivation to achieve, by relating lessons to students' personal interests and allowing students to have choices in their learning

5. Understand the benefits of the backward design approach of lesson planning


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Blackburn. B. (2005). Classroom Motivation from A to Z.  Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.

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