Sum Up - I prefer to start with the "so what", the research is down below...
According to Daniel Pink in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, there are THREE things that contribute to genuine, intrinsic motivation. I sum it up this way...
We need to A.M.P. up our game!
A is for Autonomy -
No one likes to be bossed around. The dilemma is the balance between what we need kids to learn and do in order to graduate and pass tests and do other "teacher pleasing" behaviors. So what do we do? Autonomy can be offered in a variety of ways, and Pink delineated three major areas:
Team - Who you work with
Task - What you work on
Time - When you do it
M is for Mastery -
People spend thousands of hours on things that will get them no money, no grades, no friends, nothing tangible... Why? Because there is a natural drive in humans to get better at things. Students today need to see that they are mastering information and that will feed their natural desires to get even better. Failure and negativity drive the passion away.
P is for Purpose -
We need to spend more time showing kids WHY things are important to THEM not just to some politicians who decided that all students should learn about something. Once kids find a purpose, their motivation grows.
Motivation from the research perspective...
Myth: All you need is the right motivation!