151. Is showing the students you care about them one of the most important things you can do to motivate them to become better students?
I must refer you back to my reply to question #1. For example, I care deeply about my students. What exactly do I DO to show I care about them? Well, my list of exactly what I DO when I "care" about my students is probably very different from your list of exactly what YOU DO when you "care" about your students.
Now, once we have very clear indicators --descriptions of what each of us does (ACTIONS or BEHAVIORS) when we "care" about our students-- we can conduct a brief research study: You do what you say you do when you "care" about your students and I do what I say I do when I "care" about my students. Then, we can measure the number of times we perform each indicator, and we can measure the success of the students through some sort of achievement test or survey.
If the results of the test or survey show that your students perform significantly better than my students, then YOUR indicators (the ACTIONS or BEHAVIORS you perform) are more effective in "motivating" students to become better students.
Your question is an empirical question and it should be tested. Should you read the research literature on motivation, you will discover that it does NOT refer to "caring" in the abstract. Rather, it clearly describes each behavior that may be "motivating" and compares the results of such "motivating" behaviors on others through tests or surveys.
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