“Providing students with a need-satisfying learning environment not only prevents irresponsible behavior, it also encourages students to be engaged in quality learning by appealing to what intrinsically motivates human beings.”
Currently, most schools are set up with an externally controlling system. Grades are externally controlling, curriculum can be externally controlling and discipline is externally controlling. When we can minimize external control in the environment and help students and teachers to get their five basic needs met within the classroom and the school, then there is no need for acting out behavior. This means that classrooms need to provide students with the opportunity to feel safe, connected with their teachers and other students, important and respected, having choices and having opportunities to learn information that is useful and is learned in a fun way. This allows student's intrinsic motivation to surface. Their natural curiosity will kick in when their fear of negative consequences in the form of low grades is removed.
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