Lesson Planning #3

“Idea Paper 41: Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning”

Motivating students is critical to successful teaching.  This article divides learners by goal orientation: mastery or performance; developing mastery of a skill or concept or ability to demonstrate proficiency.  For continuous learning mastery should be the focus.  The two strategies in a vocational setting would be to demonstrate how the subject matter has value to them by looking at where the skill or concept is used “on the job”—easily done for practical skills, but equally important where mathematical concepts must be grasped.  Then, breaking the content into manageable portions where there is a reasonable and safe expectation to succeed.


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