Current Motivation Theory and Best Practices for the Classroom


Speaker: Michael Middleton


Webinar Description

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Have you ever heard or made comments like these?

She’s so motivated.  That girl will go far.

My class was so involved and energetic today. I wish I could say that every day.

He’d do well if he just applied himself. He’s just not motivated.

As an educator, you are always trying to break the secret code of motivation because it is so critical to your students’ learning. How can you spark motivation in the classroom?  How can you help students sustain it? New research is helping answer these questions and showing us that you do not need to be born motivated. Under the right conditions, any student can become motivated to learn.

Join Michael Middleton for a 2-hour webinar that will focus on current motivation theory and its implications for practice. Find out how the interplay of classroom climate, instructional strategies and our natural instincts to learn work to motivate students in ways you didn’t think possible. This interactive webinar will focus on key motivational teaching practices that support autonomy, provide appropriate challenges, make work relevant, and nurture positive relationships.   This webinar is suitable for educators across all grade levels and all subject areas!

Webinar Topics:

  • How motivation theory and practices have evolved–the current thinking
  • A new metaphor for motivation: Implications for student learning
  • How the dynamic interplay of classroom environment, activities and student drives feeds motivation
  • The 4 types of teaching practices that nurture student motivation
  • How to assess and sustain student motivation
  • Working with colleagues in “a community of practice” to promote a school-wide motivational culture


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About the Speaker

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton, newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is co-author of the just-published Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement (Corwin, 2014). A former middle school, high school and alternative school teacher, Michael is driven by three fundamental questions: What motivates kids to learn? How do you know which approaches work best, and for which kids? And how do you keep everyone in a diverse class motivated and participating?

Michael previously served as chair of the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire where he held an endowed professorship. Michael’s students consistently gave him their highest ratings, whether they were taking a first-year course or working on a masters-level internship.  Michael’s commitment to student learning and urban education is reflected in his extensive research on motivation and learning in adolescence, classroom and school environments, and teacher education and social development. He was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate motivation in science learning.


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