To get students engaged, teachers have to answer one very important question: “Why does this matter?”


But the most unexpected benefit of helping to create “software for humanity” is that it likely improves students’ learning. An emerging body of research demonstrates that students who find meaning and relevance in their studies are more engaged and motivated to master the material. Students must recognize the value of academic work themselves, however—it can’t simply be pointed out by an instructor.

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Three Ways to Motivate Teachers to Participate in Education Reforms

During a recent training session on standards-based education, this question came up:

With all the education reforms going on, how can the reform leaders motivate the teachers?  How do they get buy in?

The best answers I can give are below.