Creating Motivating Lessons

EDZU 9575 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Dawn Nachtigall

Start Date: 01/06/2021
End Date: 02/09/2021

Course Syllabus

Motivating students is half the battle. As educators, to get students’ attention we compete with sports and other extracurricular activities, social pressures and concerns, family stresses, and even socioeconomic factors. How to grab and keep their attention is a skill all teachers aim to master. In this course, we will investigate what motivates students and how we can incorporate that into the lessons we teach everyday.


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In-Service: $270.00
Completion of this course taken for in-service credit will provide an NYCTD, Inc. Certificate of Completion


New York CTLE In-Service: $270.00
Completion of this course taken for CTLE in-service credit will provide a New York State Verification of Hours Certificate from NYCTD, Inc.

Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  1. the definition of motivation and how it applies to education.
  2. what causes some students to be unmotivated.
  3. the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.


  1. the outside factors that compete with education for student attention and focus.
  2. how society views both intrinsic and extrinsic society views both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  3. the value of both types of motivation in the classroom .
  4. the characteristics of truly motivating lessons.

and Be Able To

  1. use both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to gain student’s interest in the classroom.
  2. design lessons that are inherently motivating.
  3. analyze lessons already used in the classroom and determine if they are motivating.
  4. turn truly monotonous tasks like homework into a motivating activity.

and much, much more!

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