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AbstractMotivation is a key ingredient to students' success in school and as a preservice teacher I have focused and reflected on this broad topic. Through my coursework I have learned to take an ethnographic approach to learning about my students’ daily life outside of school and this has led me to conduct case study home visits. I observed and analyzed home life interactions and environments in the hopes of making school content more meaningful. Throughout one student teaching semester I worked with my mentor teacher and our class to implement a long-term project that bridged students’ home life with school. My mentor teacher and I collaborated on bodies of knowledge or themes that were of interest to the majority of the class. We chose a pop-culture topic, Angry Birds, which looked to be of interest to most of our students. I implemented the long-term project and through two transcribed interviews and an analysis of theories relevant to motivation concluded that teachers can help students’ motivation by implementing curriculum that follows their interests.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Early Childhood Education