Student Self-Motivation (K-4)

Grades K-4

Course Title: Watering the Seeds of Intrinsic Motivation

Enduring Understanding: When success is understood and reflected upon, it fosters the desire for success

In our hearts as educators and parents, we know from our lived experience that rewarding and consequencing kiddos for their behaviors only goes so far (if at all). Research backs our gut intuition on that, time and time again. Classroom management systems based on tangible rewards for behavior have never proved in the long term to help kiddos learn the self-mastery we hope they will learn in becoming shiny, happy, internally secure young adults. This course helps you shift your thinking back into what you know is best for kids, and begin to experiment with classroom climate solutions so you can leave the stickers, point sheets, candy, and all of it behind.

1 clock hour CEU fulfills the MN teacher relicensure requirement for positive behavior support interventions.


Your Instructor


Mary Overlie
Mary Overlie

Mary Overlie is a seasoned instructional coach who has recently returned to teaching. In her self-contained EBD classroom, essentially a drop-out prevention and resiliency program, their classroom community thrives with minimal to no use of a point sheet, sticker chart, or other such reward-based tool in their toolkit. We only use those things at first, until students begin to find their intrinsic motivation for the work ahead of them. If her kiddos can learn to live inside their own cycles of intrinsic motivation, have faith that yours will be able to, too.

Mary Overlie is a longtime educator in northwest Minnesota. Her credentials include but are not limited to: MEd in Curriculum & Instruction, EdS in Ed Leadership and licenses in EBD and Middle School Math.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is this course live? Are there scheduled classes to attend?
This course is completely self-paced and self-facilitated. You may complete as much or as little at a time as you like, it fits completely within your individual schedule of life!

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