Is It Relevant to Students?
If what we're teaching is relevant to students' personal lives, future careers, and current success, that's motivating, Leah Hoops observes and documents with references. If it's not, students either don't learn what we're teaching or don't learn it very well. Of course, from our vantage point, all of our content looks very relevant. It's hard to imagine how that relevance isn't equally obvious to students.