What’s in It for Me – Tools for Developing Intrinsic Motivation


Presenters: GT Innovators 
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

In education we spend a lot of time discussing the “How?” and the “What?” of teaching. After all, without those two things, we wouldn’t have anything to teach. However, there is a third question that is equally valuable in getting our students to engage with the material: “Why?” Why do we teach what we teach? Why is it important? In order to connect with students’ motivations, we need get to the heart of why we are doing what we do. In “What’s In It For Me?” teachers will learn strategies to connect students with why the content they are learning is important and relevant.

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).

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In order to connect with the people we work with, author Simon Sinek states that we need to get to the “Why?” of what we are doing. The “How?” and the “What?” are the body of Sinek’s “Golden Circle,” but the “Why?” is the heart. In teaching we can call this an intrinsic motivation for learning — finding out what is important to students and then connecting learning to those internal motivators.

In “What’s In It For Me?”, teachers will learn how to connect this strategy to T-TESS Planning Dimension 1.3 and will learn four specific tools for accomplishing that goal. These tools can be used in planning any lesson, across subject areas and grade levels.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:

  • How connecting students with the “Why?” fulfills T-TESS Planning Domain, Dimension 1.3 by creating compelling lessons that connect to the social-emotional needs of students
  • Why creating relevance is essential for investment in the curriculum
  • Tools for creating interesting and compelling lessons that will foster students’ intrinsic motivation

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).

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25 reviews for What’s in It for Me – Tools for Developing Intrinsic Motivation

  1. Carlota – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The course explains clearly how to make lessons relevant and motivational so students understand “What’s in it for them.”

  2. Margarita – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    The course is very helpful in order to motivate student learning.

  3. Estefany – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great session.

  4. Kindra – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Interesting topic. I wish I had been taught math and literature the way these teachers teach.

  5. Ann – MCKINNEY ISD (verified owner)

    Really good

  6. Jennifer – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    It is relevant and gives great examples of how to make work relevant to students. Enjoyed this!

  7. Cheryl – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course. it prompted me to think of other ways to present information that involves students buying into a lesson and taking the lead on their own learning.

  8. Cristina – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This course was a good overall picture of T-TESS Dimension 1.3

  9. Calvin – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    The number one take away is making lessons engaging. That is always my number one goal. However, with the issues with time and other factors that contribute with lesson planning, I believe this course will continue to help me refine areas of my planning that I need to reinforce such as investigation and reflection.

  10. Maria – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This course focuses on the need for making lessons interesting and offers good tips on how to do such.

  11. Courtney – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas on how to incorporate intrinsic motivation in the classroom!

  12. Dezman – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)


  13. Ashleigh – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    There were great ideas for motivating students and getting them excited to learn.

  14. Patrick – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    very good

  15. Jessica – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    This was not engaging for me at all.

  16. Amie – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    Good information, but the presenters did not model what they taught. There was no ambiguity or fun.

  17. Daniel – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    I especially liked the work related to working on math problems and looking at the different lenses of the problem.

  18. Krista – WODEN ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this session. It is extremely important for students to make personal connections and see relevancy in their work. This session gives ideas of how to accomplish that on a regular basis.

  19. Stephanie – Angleton ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

  20. Neftali – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Good info, would have enjoyed it a bit more if it was geared more towards elementary. The examples are geared more towards the upper grades. I wasnt able to connect with this training. I realize that they are only examples and that I can use this for my 2nd graders but I like videos I can connect with.

  21. Jennifer – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Interesting but be ready to take notes quickly

  22. Courtney – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This was AWESOME!! Dan Meyer’s video was so good!

  23. Claudia – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    While some of the information may seem a little obvious, we sometimes need reminders of what students need-and not just what it is required

  24. Patty – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the class; it was very relevant and useful information.

  25. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very Informative

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