Motivating Students in Middle School Classrooms

Strategies for Motivating Students

Dan Pink says that motivation comes from three distinct facets of human need: mastery, autonomy, and purpose. In thinking about how to motivate students in a middle school classroom, there is also the interplay of social and cognitive development that can severely hamper student desire to expend effort or to pursue mastery in a content area. Carol Dweck and Dan Pink are the eminent scholars who have studied the constructs of motivation. Below is an overview of the theory around motivation and how to implement in a classroom. For more detailed information, this is a PPT (with audio narration on each slide) about student motivation and a paper with detailed research and pragmatic solutions.

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Check out this page for a download of a PPT (with audio) and a straight-forward paper highlighting research about student motivation and easy to implement solutions in your classroom.

Debunking the 7th Grade ELA TCAP

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TCAP preparation season is quickly approaching for Tennessee educators. As a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, I know it can be maddening to search the DOE website to find Item Samplers, Practice Tests, and standards because of the influx of Common Core standards.

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I’ve created a page that houses all TCAP related items produced by the state from the last few years. Some of the resources posted here are no longer available on the state’s website because of Common Core implementation. While the majority of these resources are targeted for 7th graders, there are also tests I’ve pulled from 8th grade that I’ve used in the past as extra practice for students.

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