I believe that exceptional teachers are “performers,” that the classroom is the stage, and the students are the participatory audience. I know from experience that rigid lecture-style classes are one of the quickest ways to lose the interest and enthusiasm of students. Depending on the class and the topic, I try to minimize lecturing and maximize opportunities for classroom participation and discussion. Each class should be an unforgettable, dynamic experience.
It is not solely the students’ responsibility to be intrinsically motivated. On some level, every student wants to learn. As a teacher I aim to be able to “read” my classes, and teach in such a way that messages reach and motivate all students.
Having said this, I also know that there should not be a “one size fit all” approach in teaching classes. Each requires a particular pedagogical approach with specific structured learning activities that help students achieve the goals and objectives for the class.