How can teachers motivate students to learn?

Surveys done through an ongoing partnership between California's Redwood City School District and Stanford University's John W. Gardner Center show classrooms that foster respect among peers and focus on individual feedback are more likely to motivate students and lead to higher scores on standardized tests. The data is encouraging to educators, researchers and others who say it shows students' motivation can improve throughout the school year.

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