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Motivating StudentsMotivating students can be an arduous and sometimes draining task for teachers, especially if students do not particularly wish to be taking part in the lesson or learning in general. There are, however, many tactics a teacher can use in order to engage students and increase their level of motivation. I personally believe in the inclusion of more non-traditional methods of teaching to help motivate students and get them in the spirit of learning. There are two different motivation types to consider – intrinsic and extrinsic. There is much debate and study done on the difference and importance of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for learning. External rewards seem necessary in the world we live in but does it detract from internal satisfaction? In my opinion, there needs to be a good balance of both. Too much emphasis on one over the other can backfire but a lack of one entirely can negatively affect a large population of students and hinder their motivation. While extrinsic motivation has validity, I choose to focus on using intrinsic motivation for students. Facilitating extrinsic motivation can be anything from giving out grades to stickers for a job well done, etc. While this can be motivating for students, it can potentially take away from the