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Over the course of the semester, I am better than what I was coming to the course. I was overwhelmed with “meaty” weight of this course; something that had never happened to me before in graduate school. I kept asking myself, “Is that how you measure motivation?” or “How can something… intangible have the dedication of a course being made?”

Hopefully like many other students, I did my research prior taking the course to at least gained some firm footing coming into the class. I learned that I am indeed a creature of habit and it needs to change as soon as possible. I would like to become unorthodox in the way I perceive classes as this class has put me on a rollercoaster. It was around Unit 4 when I started to cast out doubt and self-internalization of not completing the course. I know it sounds cliché’, but I actually enjoyed having participation grades rather than exam grades; I looked forward to Dr. H’s class than any class I had this semester. In my opinion, Dr. H “trimmed the fat” by making sure we complied to learn by sending us off to find MD based work with the interviews and the articles and the inevitable course paper. I found the challenge to be intrinsically rewarding because the anticipation “letter” grade was nowhere to be issued. I found exclusive feedback from Dr. H to be a guide to where I actually stood in the class. I was content to know that an instructor actually took the time to evaluate my work rather than throwing grades around and not care about the mastery of their students.

The motivation course changed the way how I teach and learn. As a teacher, I am not intimidated to provide much needed strategies of motivation. Motivation has helped me to try and get my students to feel good about learning dance. I am open to more criticism from my students. I learned to believe in my work and not feel stressed out all the time. I also learn that I need to adapt and stop being resistant to change. Taking this motivation course has helped me gain self-actualization and some confidence in my school work and in my professional work. For what it is worth, I appreciated this class, the classmates and Dr. H’s work and being a Motivational Detective. I could never shake off the MD because now I would be looking constantly at ways to produce motivation or maintain it for goal accomplishments and personal rewards.  


When I think about this class and my emotions during it, it resembles a bit of a rollercoaster ride, and I say this very respectfully. I started very nervous as I knew I was entering a subject that I already had a set of ideas in and understood it may be difficult for me to accept a different point of view. What I learned was that while ideas and terms may have been coined certain different names, the ideas and concepts are in line with my former training. The material gave me the opportunity to explore many different aspects about myself, and through motivation detection, helped me determine certain hurdles in myself that I can now work on improving. The same goes for how I analysis others. I now have a wealth of information to go with my behavior analysis training that will help give me a solid understanding of others motivation.


I have learned a lot about my own motivation and personal goals throughout this course. I used to consider myself highly motivated, and I also believed that I knew the exact causes behind my motivation. I now know that this is not 100% the case. I initially considered myself to be driven by only a source of intrinsic motivation, but I have realized that there is some external motivation in play as well. This brings me to my next point, which is that I found very interesting that we may not always know what is motivating us. I also enjoyed reading the motivational views of everyone else. It was nice to be able to read about what others are going through, and to learn about some of their motivational stories. Lastly, I enjoyed learning about the motivational strategies I could use to help others that are not seemingly motivated. This can be very beneficial in not just the classroom setting, but life in general!


I have learned a lot about my own motivation and personal goals throughout this course. I used to consider myself highly motivated, and I also believed that I knew the exact causes behind my motivation. I now know that this is not 100% the case. I initially considered myself to be driven by only a source of intrinsic motivation, but I have realized that there is some external motivation in play as well. This brings me to my next point, which is that I found very interesting that we may not always know what is motivating us. I also enjoyed reading the motivational views of everyone else. It was nice to be able to read about what others are going through, and to learn about some of their motivational stories. Lastly, I enjoyed learning about the motivational strategies I could use to help others that are not seemingly motivated. This can be very beneficial in not just the classroom setting, but life in general!


I learned a lot about my motivation and myself as a learner.  I learned that I am more driven by extrinsic rewards than I thought and I still have maladaptive strategies that I fall back on when something is too difficult or I get discouraged.   That was pretty hard to accept because I have strong beliefs about the use of extrinsic rewards in the classroom and I thought I was intrinsically motivated and it turns out that isn’t the case at all.  It was strange to realize that I didn’t have a good grasp as to what really motivates me.                                                                           

I guess before taking this class I had never really thought about it or analyzed my behavior in that way.  I see now that I have to more self-aware of my motivation and implement more strategies to tap into the intrinsic motivation that I hope is still there.  I am fearful of what would happen if I allow extrinsic motivators to take over.  


I have learned so much in this class. Thank you Dr. Hoffman for being an amazing instructor. I appreciated the feedback on the assignments, discussion, and course paper.  I do feel like a motivational detective after writing my course project and all the assignments. My initial beliefs about motivation consisted of that individuals are either intrinsically motivated, or extrinsically motivated. I did not realize how motivation is such a dynamic and complex concept. There is so much more to determine, describe, and analyze an individual's motivation. The assignments and discussions aligned very well with aiding me in completing my course project. I realized that one of the best theories to describe my motivation is self-determination theory. I had not heard of this theory before this class. The motivation course has changed my approach to instruction and learning is that every person is unique in their motivation and learning. I see how important it is to use theories as guides and apply the theories to real-world situations in instruction and learning. The course was very interactive and interesting.


I learned a lot in this class that I can use not only to help myself, but also my students.  At the beginning of the course I would find myself saying to other teachers or to my family after work that some students just did not have motivation.  I quickly realized in this course that this was never the case, and have gained tools to help shift student motivation to be successful in school and life.  The students at my school have a lot of challenges in their lives, the knowledge and insight I have gained in this course helps understand why they do of the things they do or choose the paths they choose.  From there I am able to identify ways to help them change these paths and behaviors for the better.

I also really enjoyed learning about myself and seeing what motivated me, I was able to dig deeper and see what was truly pushing me to make decisions in my life.  It has also made me aware of the maladaptive strategies I often use, and I feel that this awareness will help me in my future studies and career. 


I have learned so much in this class. Thank you Dr. Hoffman for being an amazing instructor. I appreciated the feedback on the assignments, discussion, and course paper.  I do feel like a motivational detective after writing my course project and all the assignments. My initial beliefs about motivation consisted of that individuals are either intrinsically motivated , or extrinsically motivated. I did not realize how motivation is such a dynamic and complex concept. There is so much more to  determine, describe, and analyze an individual's motivation. The assignments and discussions aligned very well with aiding me in completing my course project. I realized that one of the best theories to describe my motivation is self-determination theory. I had not heard of this theory before this class. The motivation course has changed my approach to instruction and learning is that every person is unique in their motivation and learning. I see how important it is to use theories as guides and apply the theories to real-world situations in instruction and learning. The course was very interactive and interesting.


I learned a lot in this class that I can use not only to help myself, but also my students.  At the beginning of the course I would find myself saying to other teachers or to my family after work that some students just did not have motivation.  I quickly realized in this course that this was never the case, and have gained tools to help shift student motivation to be successful in school and life.  The students at my school have a lot of challenges in their lives, the knowledge and insight I have gained in this course helps understand why they do of the things they do or choose the paths they choose.  From there I am able to identify ways to help them change these paths and behaviors for the better.

I also really enjoyed learning about myself and seeing what motivated me, I was able to dig deeper and see what was truly pushing me to make decisions in my life.  It has also made me aware of the maladaptive strategies I often use, and I feel that this awareness will help me in my future studies and career. 


I really didn't know what to expect from this course and I certainly did not expect that the course would involve so much introspection.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course content and the necessity to think about my attitude and behavior.  I discovered things about myself and understood them in ways that I never realized were possible.  Furthermore, I am beginning to see how other function on these levels and am interested to use some of the strategies and techniques for my peers, students, and family.  I am happy that I chose this course as a part of my program and I plan to use the information actively in the future.


This Motivation course has helped me to become more self-aware of myself in terms of motivation.  In the process of exploring my case, I not only discovered what motivates me, but what motivational strategies I can use to cope with challenging situations.  For instance, it was interesting to uncover that there are so many external factors that can influence my behavior and though I experience it numerous times, I have never looked at it through this lens.  As an educator, the more I know about myself, the better prepared I am to help my students.  Thus, the knowledge that I have received from this class is crucial because it is the foundation for learning.  I enjoyed reading every article and Motivation for Learning and Performance Lessons from Leader (Dr. Hoffman, 2014), and found them to be pertinent to my career.  In the final analysis, the Motivation class is the most important class that I have taken because it has helped me to have a different perspective of myself and others.  Along this path, Dr. Hoffman has provided constructive feedback for me to alter my beliefs, perceptions, and knowledge, so that I can lead myself in the right direction.


 As our class is completing and I look back at the semester, I can definitely say that this course met my expectations as well as the objectives.  Though I had my undergraduate work in psychology, we never delved deeply into motivation.  Like many psychology majors, I took more abnormal psychology courses so we could be armchair psychologists and figure out what is really wrong with our strange family members.  This course was designed to not be an easy, topical, “Motivation 101” course, but an challenging immersion into motivation as it applies to our educational pursuits.  I knew what kind of things motivated me, but I had no idea about why certain things motivated me more than others.  The theories presented helped to explain how myself and others are motivated.  What I learned in this class will not be used when I graduate, it will be used now.  As a manager, you’re always striving to motivate your team, knowing full well that each person is motivated by different things.  The main lesson I’m taking away is how to develop strategies to motivate others or adjust their motivations.  It will help me in my career as well as improve the team member satisfaction at work.  The strategies I developed for my case study, specifically the ones designed to ensure I spend time with my family (task choice), are ones that I’m already applying.  I learned that it’s just not about modifying another’s motivations and behaviors, you have to strategize to modify your own.  I’ve also discovered it’s a bit harder to look at yourself objectively to create strategies than it is to make them for another’s behaviors.


For the assigned readings, I found them to be interested.  Dr. Hoffman’s book was easily read and quite humorous (loved the David Bowie quote!).  Though it was free, I would have preferred to purchase a printed version.  I like to annotate and highlight as I’m reading, which I didn’t have the opportunity to do in this class.  Though I didn’t do the extra credit assignment, I still read Finding Flow.  I thought it was a great addition to the reading and fit in perfectly with Dr. Hoffman’s book and the assigned readings.  The format and time frames were good.  I do prefer have modules unlock early once the previous one is compelted (e.g. being able to work ahead), but I understand that it makes it difficult to maintain discussions between students.  In an online course, there is little opportunity for interaction, so the discussion boards play a large role.  It also helped to see another’s opinion or take on a theory or idea.  While it’s required for ALIMA students, I would recommend this course. 


I have noticed such a big change in both how I talk to people and how I use self-talk after taking this course. I feel that when I am encouraging other people, I try to emphasize effort and working continuously toward a goal so that I may encourage intrinsic motivation and the development of mastery goals. Particularly when I'm teaching test preparation for the SAT and ACT, it is very easy to focus just on the score and increasing the score. Instead, I try to focus on improving their problem solving and developing learning strategies as a way to help them for college, not necessarily just for this test.

I feel that I have become a better educator as well as becoming a better student. The Motivation Self-Profile was so helpful for me to analyze my own behaviors. I think that this is helping me "walk the walk" before I can "talk the talk" with my students. I believe the observation piece that we completed in Unit 6 was a huge eye opener for me. The fact that I could get insight into how a person felt about an assignment or a task before talking to them was a turning point for me as an educator. At that moment, I felt that I could easily apply what I have learned to make me a better teacher and a better motivator for my students.

To be honest, I walked into this course feeling that I knew all that I needed to know about motivation. Today, I feel that I have exponentially increased my knowledge on the subject and that I still have so much that I need to know! In particular, the fact that we were constantly learning and applying the content in this course made me feel engaged in the course and made me want to learn more. This class wasn't easy, so I really feel that I earned my grade through effort, a lot of self-reflection, and reading all of the articles.


Though our text began with stating that not every person knows what motivates them, I think I had at least a pretty good idea, or rather I had a pentry go is, but very generalized idea. What changed for my personal understanding this semester was a precision in understanding. So I'm intrinsically motivated, but what can I do about that? learning the nuances of motivation and the contributing factors I know that my motivation rests on more than just whether I like something or not.

For my students, I've used a lot of these nuances for developing differentiate instructon in the classroom. Of course it's easy enough to identify the different needs of a low-ability learner and a high-ability learner, but what about two similarly able learners with different motivational profiles. The insight from the text and the research we read , especially about the self-perpetuating qualities of motivation have helped adjust some practices and material.

 For examples, coming off a rough patch with family problems, one of my very good students was struggling. After talking with them, they felt like they were just falling further and further behind. I assigned them some different homework and spent some time reviewing some material in which they had previously demonstrated mastery. Within two weeks, with her self-efficacy beliefs buttressed she was back on the top of the class and excelling.


This has been my favorite course of my graduate studies! I really enjoyed the humor that Dr. H incorporated into his book, as well as all of the real-life examples that he knew we could relate to. I never realized how complex the subject of motivation is or how many different theories and instruments surround it. I was very naïve as to what motivation is and I now look at it in an entirely different way. I’ve always liked to think that I’m intrinsically motivated and not as motivated by extrinsic rewards, but once I dug deeper (thanks to each thought-provoking assignment) I realized that sometimes I am motivated by extrinsic rewards, and that’s not always a bad thing. Most of the time I’m motivated by a little of both. I also confirmed that I am indeed a procrastinator and that it’s a maladaptive strategy- I’d never considered it to be a “strategy”. However, I also learned that I am not alone and it goes deeper than being lazy, which is something that often gets associated with procrastination, and that’s one thing I am not. It was interesting to learn why we procrastinate.

I don’t currently teach, but I hope to one day and the information I learned in this course will be very helpful. I’ve been offered an opportunity to be a health coach a few time and I’ve recently started seriously considering it. I already help motivate girls through the fitness community I’m involved in, but actually coaching girls is a different level and I feel equipped to take it on. The girls do it for various reasons, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Some do it for the bikini, others do it for their wedding, for a reunion, a big event, and then there are those who do it for their health and their confidence- the majority do it for a little of both. When girls say they aren’t motivated or they can’t find their motivation my inner detective will be able to help them figure out what motivates (or would motivate) them and suggest strategies to help. I really enjoyed doing the observation assignment. It was neat to apply what I learned in class and play detective in real life. I was able to observe their locus of control, if they were intrinsically or extrinsically motivated, how much effort they put in, the value they placed on what they were doing, etc. It was one of my favorite assignments!    

This course taught me a lot about myself and my motivations and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do a real case study. It required a lot of introspection and at times it was difficult to accept some things about myself, but this new knowledge and acceptance makes me a better person which translates into me being better at helping others. Thank you, Dr. H, for a wonderful course. And thank you to all of you for making this such an interesting class. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s case studies, experiences, and how you related to the material. Good luck to all of you in your future endeavors! :)


Prior to taking this course I had a lot of misconceptions about motivation. I learned that motivation comes in many forms and there are many ways individuals motivate themselves that are both healthy and unhealthy for one's psychological well being. I would definitely say that the course objectives were met. For the project I was able to diagnose, analyze and mediate learning and performance issues for the person in my case study through the main principles and constructs of motivation. I think mostly I learned a lot about myself and the types of motivational theories, strategies and explanations that I personally use which helped enlighten me on ways to stay motivated when things are tough and how to change the way I view and approach different aspects of my life in order to coincide with these motivational factors. 

In regards to changing my approach to instruction and learning this course has definitely helped me to understand even further that students differ in so many ways from learning styles to motivational styles. I now believe that this is another key factor to consider when teaching and that it is important to try to foster intrinsic motivation during instruction through a variety of techniques.

I really enjoyed this course and believe I truly learned a lot about motivation. I found the course project to be both challenging and fun as well as something I could learn a great deal from doing. The upcoming textbook by Dr. Hoffman was easy to read and I enjoyed all the stories and examples that were provided as well as some humorous comments! Thankfully it was not one of those textbooks that puts you to sleep! I think this course was very well designed and I will definitely be able to use what I have learned in the future. Thank you Dr. Hoffman for a great class!


I would definitely say that my conceptions of motivation and learning have both changed since the beginning of the course.  I quickly realized that I had many misconceptions regarding motivation as well as the way I viewed the motivation of others.  The course has made me reflect, even more so than typical, on my own actions and what they might mean in relation to my own motivation.  The unit on maladaptive strategies was a great eye-opener! I appreciated the knowledge of helping to correct maladaptive strategies that I may use as well as to help in my classroom. The feedback was quite useful in reflecting on my assignments/discussions, as well as gaining other perspectives on theories or issues presented. 


I learned a lot in this class this semester. My initial thoughts on motivation were quite naive. I had no idea that motivation was such a complex concept. During the course of the semester I learned a lot about myself and others. It was interesting to see the differences as well as the similarities between myself and my classmates. I now feel as though I have a much better understanding of my own motivational inclinations as well as tools for understanding what motivates others. I want to thank Dr. H. and everyone in this course for making it such a supportive and interactive and learning environment.


This class has been a truly rewarding experience. I have learned so much, and feel confident that, even though I still have a lot more to learn, I now have a better perspective and broader knowledge to continue moving forward towards my career/goals. The class has given me tools with a manual on how to use them. I think that the format and development of the class throughout our participation and assignments, unfold in an organized way what was being taught. Rather than simply memorizing a bunch of terms and information, by requiring us to put what was being learn to work, we actually learned something in a natural way. In this process I have learn a lot about myself, and I now understand that I need to give myself more time and dedication in order to brush up my goals, and maintain focus. In regards to learning it has allowed me to see that I need to improve my time management, and set priorities. In terms of instruction I feel as if I am now more capable of teaching others, because I have learned that it is important to believe that everyone has the capacity to learn anything. I also learned that I have to keep away bias and personal opinions away regarding my students, in order to allow the learning process to flourish, always having in mind that everyone is motivated in different ways. Motivation is truly more complex than what'd I ever could imagine. It has been great embarking in this experience with everyone sharing their ideas and opinions. 


I must say I found the content and structure of this course to be very interesting. I enjoyed becoming a motivational detective. I feel I have picked up a few good "clues" that I will carry into my next motivational investigation. I normally examine motivation from a behavioral lens, so it was interesting to try on a new pair of glasses. I have always felt that motivation was an essential part of learning but now I have seen and read the facts to support it. After this course I don't think I will use the terms interests, goals, and motivation as lightly as I did before.

I learned a lot about myself and my own personal MOs. I think I have some good strategies to use when I hit my next motivational road block. Unfortunately, the majority of the population of people I work with are unable to take in depth surveys, sit through insightful interviews, or give detail descriptions of personal accounts of motivational road blocks. I feel I can still apply the knowledge I acquired in some aspects but I believe I will find it most useful when dealing with myself.

One thing this course has changed for me is my thought process in certain areas. When in the teacher role, not focusing on why the learner is "unmotivated" but to switch gears and asses what I can do to increase motivation. As a learner to understanding that if I can change the method of instruction I can always change or adjust my motivation to succeed.  


After completing this course, I feel as though I am more aware of my own motivations and view of who I am as a person. Now, I feel as though I have a better grasp on how to obtain happiness on a more regular basis. The course project especially helped me in interpreting different motivational strategies and how they can be applied in a myriad of situations. Now I know how to remediate motivational challenges and how to make the most of difficult situations I may encounter. I want to thank Dr. Hoffman and my fellow classmates for making this my favorite and most interesting course taken throughout my graduate studies. 

I know I will definitely be implementing many strategies geared toward motivation and learning within my middle school classes.