Is there anything a teacher hates more than to look out across his or her classroom and see a group of tired, uninterested, and unmotivated students? Teachers are forced to cover state standards that students may not see any intrinsic reason to learn.  Other students may not care about their grades or understand how their current education connects to their future success. What is a teacher to do?

It is probably not a huge surprise that students need to be motivated. Motivation directs behavior toward goals, leads students to increased effort and energy, increases initiation and persistence in activities,...

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About the Author:

Bryan Upshaw is a high school Spanish teacher in East Tennessee. He is also currently a doctorate student at Carson Newman University. Bryan enjoys finding innovate ways to use technology to engage students and connect them to the outside world.