chapter  7
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Motivating Students to Engage in Learning Confidently and Thoughtfully

Along with managing the classroom and preparing effective lessons and learning activities, good teachers motivate their students to learn willingly and thoughtfully. Their classrooms feature minds-on learning, in which students follow lessons attentively, construct new understandings and connect them to existing knowledge, ask questions to clear up misunderstandings or pursue their own topic-related interests, and think about how what they are learning might be applied in their lives outside of school. How closely students approach this ideal depends on how successfully their teachers motivate them to do so.