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#UGUmbrella – This April we are looking at Intrinsic Motivation

March 30, 2021

GUELPH, Ontario – April’s Umbrella Project theme is “Intrinsic Motivation.” For those who are unsure exactly what that means, intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without an external reward.

Intrinsically motivated people can look back on their journey and feel fulfilled, regardless of the final outcome. They persevere with tasks for the benefit of completing the tasks and learning, rather than the reward of completing the task.

As parents and educators, we can create optimal environments for students to explore and discover their “motivation muscles.”  This allows each student to identify their own unique interests. It is also an opportunity to discuss social justice and social action as a way to do something that is satisfying and without external reward.

Here are some factors that increase intrinsic motivation:

Remember, just having the simple conversations as a class or family about what we find intrinsically and extrinsically motivating is always a good start.

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