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Yesterday my class discussed the special nature of the adolescent brain and how the development of the pre-frontal cortex presents both a challenge and an opportunity for us as teachers. So today we did some thinking about the methods we frequently use to motivate our students. First, we sorted common motivators into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. It was a joy to hear the lively discussion among the teachers as they debated the nature of more complex motivators such as fear of failure, the desire to please one’s parents, or praise from peers. After the big reveal about what motivators belonged in each category came the true surprise – that so many of these common extrinsic motivators (that we experienced as students and which we were trained to us...

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