Documentation:ISW/Lesson Plan/Core Lesson Components/Motivation: Expectancy Value

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This lesson focuses on the motivation framework described in How Learning Works and uses the Liberating Structure Triz

It can be used as a second day activity

Learning Objectives
  • Identify strategies and approaches that both motivate and demotivate students in their current practice
  • List and organize a set of strategies for increasing students sense of value and expectancies in their courses
  • Write down two ways that they can integrate these in their mini-lesson
Activity 1: Introduction to student motivation

Facilitator mentions that today will be focusing on motivation in the classroom. Elizabeth Barkely in Student Engagement Techniques proposes that Student engagement is a product and a process that is experienced on a continuum and results from the synergistic interaction between motivation and active learning. Is the ISW workshop we model active learning. How can we motivate our students?

Activity 2: Demotivate

This activity is based on the Liberating Structure Triz. . The facilitator begins by writing the following question on a flip chart or using a slide

If you could demotivate your students in the classroom, what approaches, strategies and techniques would you use. Be bold in your answers.

  1. Participants first spent one minute reflecting on this question
  2. Participants are then paired up and and spend two minutes comparing what they thought of
  3. Participants are grouped into 4s and in each group they write as many ways as they can to demotivate their students. At the end of doing this activity they group this approaches, strategies and techniques and come up with key principles for demotivating students. Each group presents these to the larger group
  4. Each participant then spends one minute quietly reflecting on the question "Is there anything that you are currently doing that resembles anything on these lists or the principles. (No sharing)
Activity 3: Presenting How Learning Work View of Motivation

This 5-10 minute presentation is based on the HLW framework for motivation. Go through the slides with the participants. The slide order and topic is below

  1. Value: Attainment value, Intrinsic value, attainment value
  2. Value quote
  3. Expectancy: Outcome expectancy, Efficiency expectancy
  4. Expectancy quote
  5. Diagram Interactive Effects of Efficacy and Value on motivation
  1. Go through the included slides with the learners

Activity 4: Strategies: Value, Expectancies, Supportive Environments

Group 1: Value

Group 2: Expectancies

Group 3: Supportive environments

Facilitator divides participants into three groups. Each group is given a different flip chart. Group A: Expectancies, B: Value C: Supportive environment. Instructions: Work together in a group come up with at least 5 strategies that you can use in the classroom to facilitate students seeing value, developing positive expectancy. Group 3 consider what elements there are in a supportive environment


Each group puts up their flipchart on the wall and participants do a gallery walk and write down strategies and approaches that are relevant and useful in there classroom environment. Distribute the list of strategies for Motivation from How Learning Works.

Module Credits

This module was originally designed by Lucas Wright at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at UBC- Vancouver