“How do I motivate my student?!” This is a question that I get asked frequently as a special educator.
There is a lot of pressure on teachers to “get” a child to do whatever the task at hand may be, no matter how unmotivated the student is. Many varieties of behavior plans and incentive plans have been used, with varying degrees of success, mostly, short term success.
And it always comes back to…how do I motivate my student?
Motivation is what makes us do the things we do. We often think of two types of motivation, intrinsic or extrinsic.
Intrinsic motivation is that which comes from within us. For example, someone may play soccer because they think it’s fun.
Extrinsic motivation is when something external gets us to do something. For example, someone may play soccer because their parents tell them they have to or they can not play video games.