As a preservice teacher here at Stockton, I was curious how intrinsic reinforcement/motivation can be applied in my pedagogy and classrooms. As defined in our textbook, intrinsic reinforcement is reinforcement provided by the mere act of performing the behavior. In an educational setting, intrinsic reinforcement for students can look like learning about a topic and performing well on an assessment just because they were interested in what they were learning about. I had a Professor once tell me that you want your students to master the content not to perform well.
It can be challenging at times to motivate students to do well in school and not push the importance of solely passing on to the students. As educators we want children to learn "for learning's sake". Educators should look into applying these tactics in their classrooms:
1.) create student centered classrooms
2.) provide learning goals
3.) Promote a mastery goal, rather than a performance goal
Creating student-centered classrooms allows students to be involved in their own learning. This is important if teachers want students to be intrinsically influenced to do schoolwork. Getting to know your students and asking questions can ignite an opportunity to change the way students think about learning. If students are aware of their learning goals they have more opportunity to be intrinsically reinforced to complete their goals. As mentioned before, teachers want students to master the content rather than just ace the chapter because of the certain grade they can receive at the end.
Intrinsic reinforcers are methods to look into for teachers who want their students to learn for learning's sake.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Classroom. Notes on Teaching and Learning RSS. (2014, November 3). https://sites.nd.edu/kaneb/2014/11/03/intrinsic-and-extrinsic-motivation-in-the-classroom/