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TOPIC: Motivation, Engagement, Re-engagement


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  • Autonomy, competence, and relatedness in the classroom: Applying self-determination theory to educational practice. Niemiec, C. P., & Ryan, R. M. (2009). Theory and Research in Education, 7, 133-144.
  • "The concept of intrinsic motivation: Implications for practice and research with the learning disabled." Learning Disability Quarterly, 1, 43-54. By H.S. Adelman (1978).
  • The Concept of Competence: A Starting Place for Understanding Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determined Extrinsic Motivation. Deci, E.L., & Moller, A.C. (2005). In A.J. Elliot & C.J. Dweck (Eds.), Handbook of Competence and Motivation (pp. 579-597). New York: Guilford Press.
  • The effectiveness and relative importance of choice in the classroom. By Patall, Erika A.; Cooper, Harris; Wynn, Susan R. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 102(4), Nov 2010, 896-915.
  • Engaging students in learning activities: It is not autonomy support or structure but autonomy support and structure. By Jang, Hyung shim; Reeve, John marshall; Deci, Edward L. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 102(3), Aug 2010, 588-600.
  • "Enhancing motivation for overcoming learning and behavior problems." Journal of Learning Disabilities, 16, 384-392. By H.S. Adelman and L. Taylor (1983b).
  • Increasing Student Motivation. By M.A. Theobald (2005). Corwin Press.
  • "Intrinsic motivation and school misbehavior: Some intervention implications." Journal of Learning Disabilities, 23, 541-550. By H.S. Adelman and L. Taylor (1990).
  • Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (Perspectives in Social Psychology. E.L. Deci (1985). Plenum Pub. Corp.
  • Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Goal-Contents in Self-Determination Theory: Another Look at the Quality of Academic Motivation. Vansteenkiste, M., Lens, W., & Deci, E.L. (2006). Educational Psychologist, 41, 19-31.
  • Large-scale school reform as viewed from the self-determination theory perspective. Deci, E. L. (2009). Theory and Research in Education, 7, 244-252.
  • Legislating Competence: The Motivational Impact of High Stakes Testing as an Educational Reform. By Ryan, R.M. & Brown, K.W. (2005). In C. Dweck & A.E. Elliot (Eds.), Handbook of Competence(pp. 354-374). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Motivation to Learn: From Theory to Practice. By D. Stipek (1997). Allyn & Bacon.
  • On Understanding Intervention in Psychology and Education. by H.S. Adelman & L. Taylor (1994). Praeger Pub Text.
  • Promoting self-determined school engagement: Motivation, learning, and well-being. By Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2009). In K. R. Wentzel & A. Wigfield (Eds.), Handbook on motivation at school (pp. 171-196). New York: Routledge.
  • Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes. By A. Kohn (1999). Allyn & Bacon.
  • Self-Determination Theory: A Dialectical Framework For Understanding Socio-Cultural Influences on Student Motivation. Reeve, J., Deci, E.L., & Ryan, R.M. (2004). In D.M. McInerney & S. Van Etten (Eds.), Big Theories Revisited (pp.31-60). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Press.
  • Transformative Professional Learning: A System to Enhance Teacher and Student Motivation. By Ginsberg, M.B. (2011). Corwin Press.
  • Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation. By E. Deci & R. Flaste (1996). Penguin USA.
  • Undermining quality teaching and learning A self-determination theory perspective on high-stakes testing. By Richard M. Ryan, R., & Weinstein, N. (2009). Theory and Research in Education, July 2009, 7(2), 224-233
  • Understanding and Promoting Autonomous Self-Regulation: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. Reeve, J., Ryan, R.M., Deci, E.L., & Jang, H. (2007). In D. Schunk & B. Zimmerman (Eds.), Motivation and Self-Regulated Learning: Theory, Research, and Application(pp. 223-244). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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Mental Illness Can Zap Motivation


Mental health difficulties can make life challenging, and they can zap our motivation and zest for life. Motivation is a force within us that can inspire and energize. Motivation can also be the opposite; it can be an unreachable concept that zaps and deflates. When we're dealing with a mental illness, be it depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, or any other condition, we can find it hard to be enthusiastic about doing anything. (When Depression Causes A Lack of Motivation) Then, to add insult to injury, we know that we "should" be motivated to excel or even get out of bed. We want to, but we just can't.

As if the loss of motivation and drive weren't hard enough, people who don't realize the scope of mental health challenges sometimes use labels like "lazy" or "unwilling to try." That can make us feel even worse about ourselves. (The Effects of Mental Health Stigma)

Know that a loss of motivation is a side effect of many different mental illnesses. Remain focused on those things you used to love, that you would do if you could. As you recover, you'll find that your motivation begins to return.

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