- Intrinsic motivation is behavior that is driven by internal rewards.
- Examples in different classrooms at Goodrich : Genius Hour, Team Building, Class Building, Goal Setting
- Extrinsic motivation is behavior in order to earn external rewards.
- Examples in different classrooms at Goodrich: AR Board, Autographed Golfballs,
Both types of motivation are important in the growth of a student. In schools teachers use many different methods to motivate students both intrinsically and extrinsically. A lot of times we start with extrinsic motivation to help foster the intrinsic motivation. This motivation leads to the types of learners students become. Our end goal for all students it to become excited about learning and have the skills to be successful as they grow. The types lessons and motivational strategies teachers use help students develop the learner they chose to be. A study completed by Harvard in 2004 talks about three different types of learners. While the study focused on older students and teachers it can be relate to all levels.
Source: Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, 2004, pages 40-41.
As you think about the types of classes/teachers you had in the past, we have all fallen into one of these three learners depending on our level of interest/excitement for the topic. When we reflect on our favorite class/teacher you had as a student it was because your were motivated to learn.