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date: 13 December 2018

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Teacher motivation involves both the desire to teach and one’s interpersonal style toward students while doing so. A teacher’s own personal motivation resolves around the extent of psychological need satisfaction experienced during the act of teaching, and it manifests itself in terms of teacher enthusiasm and job satisfaction. A teacher’s motivating style toward students revolves around what teachers say and do during instruction to motivate students to engage in learning activities, and it manifests itself in terms of autonomy-supportive versus controlling teaching. Because meaningful benefits accrue to both students and teachers when teachers give autonomy support, this essay first identifies what autonomy-supportive teachers uniquely say and do during instruction and then explains how teachers can purposively become more autonomy supportive toward students. The essay concludes by addressing the practical question of whether autonomy support is realistic and easy to implement and by offering directions for future research on teacher motivation.

Keywords: autonomy support, teacher motivation, teachers, motivating style

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