Motivation is defined as the process by which a person is moved into action.
These actions are either influenced by internal motives (push) such as hunger and belonging or by external motives (pull) such as incentives and goals. As a result when the internal and external motives increase so does the motivated behavior.
Some of the behaviors we express as humans are a result of evolution, a means for survival (nature), while others are a result of personal history, (nurture).
The interaction between both nature and nurture contribute to what motivates behavior.
The source of motivation delineates whether the behavior is intrinsically or extrinsically motivated. Intrinsic motives include curiosity, self-determination, and building competency in a certain area. Extrinsic motives may be obtained from money, good grades, and/or the approval of others. This course explains a lot about human motivation, and what drives our behaviors.
My favorite part of the class was blogging. Online classes are very impersonal and you really don't interact with other students and the professor as you would in a regular meeting class. Through the blogs, we gained insights to other student's personality and background. For example, Lauren's son is an extrovert and enjoys socialization, Briana on the other hand, likes having goals and as a waitress she makes sub goals each night to make more money to achieve her ultimate goal of paying her rent. Chris is a procrastinator but motivates himself when he needs to study, and Nicole is not a procrastinator but her best friend is, and it drives her crazy. I even let the other students in on my fear of snakes.
As a future teacher of elementary school and special education, I will use the information I learned in class to motivate my students to develop their own individual goal commitments. My role as a teacher will be to give them the feedback for continued progress towards that goal. Once their goal is achieved the student hopefully will experience both extrinsic (better grades) and intrinsic (sense of accomplishment) satisfaction and continue making and working towards appropriate goals in the future.