Course Title: PD 660 G – Applying Motivation Principles for a Positive Classroom Climate
Instructor: K. Paige Samson
Delivery: Fully Online
Cost: $210 per credit hour (3 credits) + $30 online course fee (for practicing K-12 teachers)
In many of today’s diverse classrooms, teachers encounter varying levels of motivation in their students. Directing student motivation is a tool that can assist teachers in seeing positive academic and social growth within their classrooms. Many teachers may find themselves asking, “How can I motivate the student who seems unmotivated?” Recognizing the underlying theories and concepts behind a student’s motivation can enhance effective practice for teachers who may feel helpless at motivating students. This course provides educators with the opportunity to explore motivational theories in depth and apply them to classroom practice, engage in self -reflection, and collaborate with other teachers to find solutions to motivational hurdles in their classrooms. Topics covered in this course include goal orientations, attributions, fixed versus growth mindset, self-efficacy, and social learning theory. This course extends the theories covered in basic Educational Psychology courses into a focused, practical examination of motivation for classroom teachers who desire ways to motivate their students. This course provides a place for teachers to interact with each other and grow from one another’s ideas and experiences in addition to interacting with the course content.
About Your Professor: Paige Samson is a former elementary and middle school teacher. After teaching in public school for eight years, she served on the undergraduate education faculty of the University of Central Missouri and is now a full time Educational Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Missouri. Her research interests are in academic motivation and students experiencing parental incarceration. She holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and is certified in early childhood, elementary education, and Mathematics and Language Arts for middle grades. She has recently presented her research at a national conference and served as a student teacher site supervisor for Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, and has served as a peer reviewer for both organizations.
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