Motivation in Mathematics Q2

First things first…

This is a virtual experience. You will need to use the WebEx platform on your computer, coupled with a working webcam and microphone, to fully engage with this experience. If you have any technical difficulties you should reach out to your facilitator ASAP. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before the session begins to account for any technical difficulty.

Session-Specific Information: For relevant assignments, links, and resources, please see the appropriate headings under each session. These will be updated prior to each session.

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Collaborative Work Space: 

Meeting ID: 798 743 841

Student and Teacher Series Outcomes:

Students will be more intrinsically motivated in their math class, and will find relevancy, challenge, and accessibility in the tasks with which they engage.

Teachers will understand what research says about student motivation, and will design and share structures which support those conclusions in their classrooms.

Session 1: The Intersection of Challenge and Accessiblity

Monday, October 17, 6:00-7:30 PM


Complete questions 1-2 on our collaborative work space (10-15 minutes).


  1. Open: Mathematician’s Lament
  2. Discuss: Manifestations of Motivation
  3. Explore: Orientation in Our Classroom
  4. Practice: Scaffolding Support
  5. Close: Motivation for ALL Students

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Session 2: Which Tasks Are Rich Tasks?

Monday, October 31, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • Try out your scaffolding approach! Upload your artifacts (lesson plan, activity outlines, etc.) and some students’ responses to it (work samples, testimonials). This year our artifacts folders are built into our CM report portfolios! Upload your assignment to your Artifacts Folder (Enter ID, click where it says “Link to artifacts folder”). I recommend creating a google folder within there titled “Core PD Artifacts” and placing your artifacts within. Then just share the link to this Core PD Artifacts folder in our collaborative work space your peers can see your work during our session.
  • Conduct a task in the two weeks leading up to Session 2 (by 10/31). Upload the task and 3+ student samples to your artifacts folder (same as above, but please make a separate Google folder).


  • Open: Scaffolding Approaches
  • Discuss: Challenge & Relevance in Tasks
  • Explore: Fostering Goal-Setting
  • Practice: Meaningful Tasks + Feedback
  • Close: Communities of Learning

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Session 3: We Reward the Wrong Stuff

Monday, November 14, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • Before this last meeting, upload an upcoming group activity in whatever form you plan to your artifacts folder. Explain in our collaborative work space how this activity attends to your students’ affective and intellectual needs.


  • Open: Intellectual and Affective Needs
  • Discuss: Closing S1, State of Math
  • Discuss: Incentives and Motivation
  • Explore: Knowledge-Building Communities
  • Close: Recapping Our Time

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