Fostering Student Motivation: A Brain-Based Approach

Topic: Behavior Management/Social Skills
Instructor: Carey Regur
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

What is the relationship between motivation and learning? Motivation activates and sustains goal-oriented behavior and accounts for up to 50% of performance (Mayer, 2011; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2018). Students who are motivated are more likely to be engaged in learning, persist to completion, attend school regularly, and achieve desired academic outcomes (Calderon & Yu, 2017; Pintrich, 2003). 

Our motivation as educators impacts classroom practices as well. Our biases, assumptions, beliefs, and values influence everything about our teaching, from the degree to which we design welcoming and affirming environments to the materials we select to use for our lessons to the relationships we develop with students and their families. As educators, we know the importance of applying culturally responsive-sustaining practices and dispositions in the classroom. This course will allow you to assess and critically reflect on your motivation to incorporate these dispositions and practices to achieve equity in your classroom for students from historically underserved and marginalized groups. 

This course will help you reconceptualize motivation to include racially influenced and sociocultural perspectives. You will evaluate motivation using three indicators of motivated behavior: active choice, persistence, and mental effort, to identify the motivational assets and needs individual students bring to the classroom. The course leverages evidence-based practices from various motivational theories, including:  

  • developing mastery-oriented goals,

  • creating a sense of belonging in your classroom for students from historically underserved and marginalized groups,

  • incorporating self-regulation and metacognition to interrupt deficit belief systems,

  • capitalizing on student interest, and

  • building social and emotional connections with and among students.

What do your students want? What motivates them in the classroom? What role do context and culture play in motivation and achievement? Join our learning community to find out the answers to these questions and more in Mind and Motivation in the Student-Centered Classroom.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: TNKL courses receive letter grades. 



Course Location:


Within 1-2 business days of your Ashland registration, you will receive an email from your course content provider, Teach & Kids Learn, containing instructions on how to access your course materials. A note, their emails are sometimes forwarded to junk or spam folders. 

You'll work with TNKL, using their LMS, to complete the course, at which time, your instructor will post your final grade here to your AU transcript. You'll receive an email notification from Ashland PDS when the grade posts, with instructions on how to view and order transcripts. 

Ashland Professional Development:

Course Documents:
Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024
Contact E-mail:

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Course Number: EDU*6130*D7
Academic Term: 24/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU