From my experience as a classroom math teacher, being a little creative can go a long way. Humor and connecting math to the real world will also motivate students to learn. So I wrote an article describing some of my teaching strategies for motivating students to learn. Ideas include:

##### Throw Your Paper Airplane!

##### Students Asking for Homework?

##### Facilitating the Need to Learn

##### Seizing That Teachable Moment

##### Letting Your Students Decide