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This Education World archive offers 36 tips for fostering in your students a love of learning and a desire to produce their best work. Tap into students' desire to make a difference, make their parents proud, offer their opinions, and much more.

Tip #36
Set the bar high.

Tip #35
Make it a mystery.

Tip #34
Project- and problem-based learning.

Tip #33
Setting goals.

Tip #32
Reward them with recognition.

Tip #31
Build work check into your teaching.

Tip #30
Link academic achievement and workplace success.

Tip #29
Publish students' work online.

Tip #28
Encourage interaction.

Tip #27
Tap into students' desire to make a difference.

Tip #26
Guest speakers bring energy.

Tip #25
Keep it real!

Tip #24
Making parents proud.

Tip #23
Students learn as they teach.

Tip #22
Ask students' opinions.

Tip #21
An occasional reward won't hurt.

Tip #20
The devil's in the details.

Tip #19
Introduce emerging technologies.

Tip #18
Manipulatives make math easier to handle!

Tip #17
Know your students!

Tip #16
A winning idea!

Tip #15
Keep them busy.

Tip #14
Invite kids to solve real problems.

Tip #13
Teacher excitement is infectious.

Tip #12
Make assignments and expectations clear.

Tip #11
Celebrate students' accomplishments.

Tip #10
Engage them through active participation.

Tip #9
Offer them choices.

Tip #8
It's the homework wave!

Tip #7
Make 'em sweat!

Tip #6
Tie in to their interests.

Tip #5
Grab their attention with props.

Tip #4
Establish a sense of community.

Tip #3
Create enthusiasm with yearlong themes.

Tip #2
Teach them the steps to success.

Tip #1
Treat them with respect.