I came across this blog post by Larry Ferlazzo. I just love his work.
This topic is quite timely, as motivation is always what we hope our students will develop.
Take a gander and see if any of this rings true to you. I know that all educators dealing with SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) focus on Relatedness and Relevance to make a difference in students’ lives.
Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.