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Rowie,
I would suggest you look into research expressly on the topic of achievement motivation. Pink gets close to this, but in my view misses the mark on a few things.
In general, I would say one thing we can help students do is reconcile their intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, and help them deal with the perfectly natural fear of failure. 
A recent study at U Michigan found that 80% of students equate their self-worth with their grades, so we need to account for how grades are understood as reflecting worth and help students navigate these fraught situations. By focusing on protecting their sense of self in evaluative, competitive environments students are responding in predictable ways to environments they did not create. Telling students, “don’t worry about the grades, just focus on learning” as many faculty do while conveying a kernel of an important truth about different types of motivations and their consequences for learning, is hopelessly naïve and fails to address students' legitimate concerns about grades and grading. 
Given that so much of our work is framed under the aegis of “success” we as a field must come to terms with the role grades play in student learning—for better and worse—if we are to help students navigate the motivational landscape of school learning. 
Nic



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Dear Rowie et al.,

 

I don’t know if you would find this useful, but an episode in the IU Student Academic Center’s video series is devoted to the topic of motivation:

https://sac.indiana.edu/success-tv/videos/4-motivation.html

 

As with all our videos, we invite you to embed this video in a website, to excerpt it, to use the transcript to plan lessons or presentations, to argue over its claims in class discussions, etc.  Each video is also paired with a few practice exercises and links to associated resources. 

 

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Subject: workshop topic: motivation

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I am seeking any resources or strategies to help students on the topic of motivation. In my years, I felt that this has constantly been a challenge to address especially in a group setting. Any suggestions or things that people have done that have seemed to help or impact students on this topic would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

 

Rowie

Academic Success Specialist

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