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Motivating Factors

We can all agree that it is important to have good teachers. We can also agree that salary alone is not likely to be enough of a motivator for teachers to want to continue working to become excellent teachers. That is why it is essential to understand what motivates and what discourages teachers in your context. Only then can you strengthen the existing motivators, address factors that discourage teachers and introduce new motivators.


To help you think about teacher motivation, complete these two statements:

Teachers in my context are motivated by ___________________________.

Teachers in my context are discouraged by _________________________.

Read the statements over and over and "fill in the blanks," completing the statement in any way that holds true for you. There are no "correct" or "incorrect" answers. When you can think of nothing new to add, share with a colleague and see if he or she has any new ideas, or ideas that challenge your initial thoughts.

For Facilitators:

If you are facilitating a group, brainstorm ideas about what motivates and discourages teachers. Compile the group‘s ideas on a board, flipchart or paper if available.