Motivating Students Who Don't Care

Motivating Students Who Don't Care

Fostering motivation is the key to successful student learning. However, it is critical to recognize which instructional techniques and strategies will have the most effective results. Once a teacher possesses the right tools, models, and attitude, they can reach even the most combative student.


                  Course Name: Motivating Students Who Don’t Care

                               Course Number: EDUC 713J

                  Semester Credits: 3

Course Description

Motivating students who don’t care is one of the biggest problems faced by today’s teachers and principals.  This course begins by examining different types of motivation, student and teacher attitudes toward and perceptions of learning, and activation of the cognitive system at various levels of motivation. It then gives the teacher models for developing motivation in the classroom, taking into consideration various learning states and discipline problems.  Various methods of reaching diverse learners are also discussed. 


  • Define different types of motivation
  • Learn brain functioning as it relates to motivation
  • Learn techniques for instilling intrinsic motivation
  • Develop instructional strategies for motivating students have various kinds of emotional disabilities
  • Learn the importance of emotion to motivation
  • Develop a working plan for motivating students to begin learning and to complete tasks

Course Contents

  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation
  • Using rewards and celebrations
  • The self-system and how it works.
  • Metacognitive and Cognitive systems
  • Role of self-attributes
  • Role of the student’s perception of the world
  • Climate’s affect on motivation
  • Efficacy’s importance to motivation
  • Minor Off-Task Behavior
  • Models for developing motivation in the classroom
  • Learning states and discipline problems

Evidence of Learning Outcomes

Upon completing Motivating Students Who Don't Care, the student will have demonstrated knowledge of achieving motivation in the classroom through answer sheets for provided texts. The student will demonstrate problem-solving skills and evaluation techniques through projects and essays.

How to Register

Registration for classes is fast and straightforward and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered on a rolling basis during three semesters, and you may begin as soon as you are ready!  

The Semester dates are: 

Fall: September 1 – January 31

Spring: February 1 – May 31

Summer: June 1 – August 31

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