This is the place we will be listing materials such as handouts, classroom activities, writing assignments, PowerPoints, links, and the like which we have found to be effective with student motivation. If you have such materials, email them to

This link leads to a cool interactive chart that allows students in enter the number of hours they spend on various activities—each time they put in hours, the chart subtracts those hours from 24. I had my students do the chart on-line for a week; we then compared the number of hours each of them spent on the listed activities; and we discussed how they could better use their 24 hours each day. The students loved it. (Susan Gabriel)
Interactive Time Management Chart

Susan Gabriel has sent us this document relating to motivation and long-range planning activity. It’s a series of questions that ask students to look ahead to their long-term goals as well as to focus on their short-term goals for the class and their semester at CCBC. She uses this to serve as the basis for a short paper called, “It’s All About Me,” which is available with the link just below the motivation link. She uses this assignment as a way of letting the students get to know each other and also as a way to introduce essay structure. The students have liked the assignment, even the part where I have them give an informal oral presentation about themselves. In the past, I've used this assignment only in my ALP section not in the 101 class, but I'm thinking in the fall that I'll use it in both sections.

If you click on the link below, you will download a fairly short PowerPoint that explains how ALP works and shows that ALP doubles students' chances of passing ENGL 101. You might want to show this the first week of class so students understand the program.

This chart shows students the relationship between level of education and salary, and also unemployment rate. It provides good information to motivate students to stay in school.

Click the link below to view a Motivation lesson that Monica has conducted with her ALP classes that incorporates the classroom clickers. Monica writes "In so doing, I poll my students on the second day of class to learn more about their perceptions about writing myths and to offer them a reality check on what they can expect as academic writers. This activity lends itself to great discussions and students really become engaged as they voice their opinions through anonymous voting. Some of the myths that I dispel through this activity include the fact that good writers write quickly and do not have to revise. I also encourage ALP students to begin to view themselves as writers and to consider reasons why they might become distracted and prone to procrastinate. Let me know what you think of this activity."

Susn Gabriel has sent a PowerPoint that shows that written communication skills are among those that employers predict are most likely to increase in importance in coming years.

To see the full report from which Susan took her slides, click here. Warning. This is a large file and takes a while to download.

Bob Miller sends us this poll of business leaders' views of how well college graduate's are prepared for the business world.