That is a loaded word! The question has always been posed about what is the best way to motivate students. What does a motivated student look like? If it is a negative form of motivation, what will be the effects on the student? Additionally, the middle level years can be the toughest in which to answer these questions. I don’t have the answers to this, but would love to hear from someone who does! In the meantime, the blog below features a doctoral education student who is attempting to answer these questions. At the very least, it is food for thought.