Motivating Reluctant Learners

Most, if not all, teachers have students in their classes who are unmotivated to participate in learning, or students whose motivation is less than optimal. Preparing ‘bells and whistles’ activities to engage your students is time consuming and any motivational benefits are often short-lived. However, simple changes to everyday classroom routines can make a substantial impact on your students’ motivational states, resulting in increased persistence, engagement and resilience.

Discover the science behind motivation and learn evidence-based strategies that will help you to meet your students’ motivational needs. As a bonus, you will also learn how to motivate yourself to achieve your own personal and professional goals!

Course Mode

This course is self-paced with no fixed start or end dates, allowing you to fit in study around your schedule.

Course Details

Lesson One: Introduction to Motivation
This introductory lesson provides both a definition of motivation and introduces some common misconceptions, laying the foundations for a deeper exploration of motivation in the following lessons.

Lesson Two: Key Theories of Motivation
This lesson looks at five key areas of research in motivation:

  • Expectancy, value and cost
  • Self-determination Theory/Autonomy and Control
  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Goals

Lesson Three: Sources of Motivation
Lesson Three looks at sources of motivation. In particular, students’ beliefs, goals, skills, feedback, attributions, and expectations.

Lesson Four: Review
This review lesson acts as a bridge between the previous lessons’ theoretical learning and the following lesson’s focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real life teaching contexts.

Lesson Five: Strategies for the Classroom
Lesson Five suggests practical approaches to improving students’ motivation through each of the six sources of motivation.

Lesson Six: Resources
This lesson consists of information sheets, video, articles, weblinks and suggested further reading which teachers can use to further their own understanding of motivation.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will:

  • Have a deep understanding of current research in the field of motivation from a range of theoretical perspectives.
  • Understand the role of curriculum, teaching approaches, family and peers, and students’ own beliefs in either positively or negatively motivating students.
  • Be able to identify common misconceptions regarding how to effectively facilitate lasting motivation for students.
  • Be able to identify barriers to motivation for students regarded as reluctant learners.
  • Be able to identify specific positive and negative contributors to students’ motivational states.
  • Be able to evaluate and refine current processes and approaches to motivating students.
  • Implement specific instructional approaches that motivate, engage and support all students to reach their full potential.
  • Increase your capacity to contribute to collegial discussions on approaches to facilitating resilience and lasting motivation in students often regarded as reluctant learners.
Course Certification

Once you have completed this course, you will have immediate access to certification which you can provide to your relevant State or Territory teacher registration body to satisfy requirements for continuing registration.

This course is recognised by VIT, QCOT, TRBSA, TRBWA, TRBNT, and TRBT as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 1.1, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2

This course is recognised by BOSTES/NESA as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 3.1.2, 3.5.2, 4.1.2

Course Cost

Casual Teacher: $59

Classroom Teacher: $149

We also offer discounted rates for whole school PD

Whole School (Whole School (<50 teachers): $1799

Whole School (Whole School (>50 teachers): $2399

Our normal rate is the classroom teacher rate. We do offer a significantly reduced rate for casual teachers because we realise that without a significant discount most casual teachers aren’t able to access quality professional learning.

Use the Casual rate if you are:

  • A teacher working casually through an agency or not currently on a contract
  • On family leave
  • A pre-service teacher
  • A teacher not currently working, wanting to maintain your accreditation
  • A teacher working overseas, wanting to maintain your accreditation in Australia

Use the Classroom Teacher rate if you are:

  • Employed full time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
  • Employed part time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
  • Employed by a school on a contract >1 term

Teacher Reviews

This course presented the issues in a manner that was easily related to my classroom experiences. It gave me numerous strategies that I can implement in the classroom to ensure more productive engagement from students.

(P.J.D. 22/4/2017)

Teacher Reviews

This course provides difficult concepts in a clear and easy to understand way. It also has many resources/strategies you can use to motivate students. The course was well planned and relevant to all teachers…The research findings are certainly encouraging for teachers to put into action the suggestions for motivating all students.

(D.H. 12/1/2017)

Teacher Reviews

This course was great and easy to understand. It was also convenient that I could do it online at my leisure. I found it very informative and is extremely relevant for work.

(H.D. 11/2/2017)

Teacher Reviews

Slides were clear easy to read and follow. Any concepts brought up were clearly explained and backed up with examples of what it would look like in the classroom. Links to professional readings addressing the course material was very informative and useful.

(K.P. 5/1/2017)

Teacher Reviews

Very useful strategies for all ages and abilities. This course was extremely interesting and beneficial… I will be utilising the resources provided and suggested strategies for the class room. Clear and allows for reflection and connection to own experiences. Good resources.

(M.T. 20/7/16)

Teacher Reviews

It gave a lot of information that can be used not only in the classroom but in all aspects of life.

(M.D. 29/8/16)

Teacher Reviews

This course was great and easy to understand. It was also convenient that I could do it online at my leisure. I found it very informative and is extremely relevant for the work that I do. It has given me a better understanding to why the students that I work with have difficulty with learning and reluctant to do so.

(H.D. 11/2/17)

Teacher Reviews

A lot of information was nicely condensed and so was easy to understand and navigate through. This made me consider students in my sphere and how I can engage them to learn, with choice, control and enjoyment for them.. I will definitely be using the content of this course in my future teaching and learning activities. It was an easy course to access and I enjoyed it.

(S.S. 19/1/2017)

Teacher Reviews

The videos provided visual information in an informative way… I like the resources at the end as I will be able to refer to these when I need them. Online programs are a great way of completing Professional Development as I can work from home and at my own pace. I really enjoyed this program.

(D.E. 27/9/16)

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