Developing positive relationships with students is an important key to motivate them to learn. In spite of standardized testing which offers little choice, other aspects of school lends itself for students to make decisions about 'what', 'how', and 'why.' The other references Larry Ferlazzo who has written a great deal about students and teachers in the changing environment in US schools. He advocates "personalized learning," but not necessarily with technology, but personalize the learning experience by letting students make personal choices. Excellent! Certainly something we can implement in our Title I classes.
Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn. Katrina Schwartz. 11.18.13. Mind/Shift