I’ve previously shared much of Dan Ariely’s work on motivation, including his contribution to my Ed Week Teacher column. You can see them all at Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.
TED Talks just re-circulated an older post of theirs titled What motivates us at work? More than money.
It quickly summaries many of Dan’s studies. Even though the research is geared towards motivation at work, they are all applicable to the classroom, as well.
I think every teacher can benefit from a three minute perusal of the article.