101 Ideas for Motivating Students

Published on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #30

Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep


Attitude is a choice and choices affect our outcomes in life. By motivating your students to succeed, you can improve their attitudes towards the ACT and help them increase their scores.

Motivations are generally separated into two main types based on the nature of the motivator. These types, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, work together to drive our actions and behaviors.

  • Extrinsic motivation focuses on the idea of “getting something in return” or avoiding something unpleasant.
  • Intrinsic motivation focuses on internal rewards for one’s own sake.

With these two powerful concepts in mind, we developed a “melting pot” of 101 ideas for your teachers to choose from and incorporate into their classroom activities.  

Check out this video for our complete list of ideas, and don’t forget to share them with your teachers!

“Mindset is what separates the best from the rest”
– Jo Owen


These tips are adapted from our Decoding the ACT, professional development program.
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