Honors Program


Document Type


Date of this Version

Spring 4-19-2020


Thornton-Kolbe, E. 2020. Motivation in the Mathematics Classroom. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Evan Thornton-Kolbe 2020.


Mathematics has always seemed to be an unpopular subject amongst primary and secondary students in the United States. This project seeks to identify the roots of these attitudes and examine them in ways that allow for personal reflection, community building, and student advocacy. An individual’s access to educational resources and equitable treatment play a large role in shaping their mathematics learning identity. This topic was examined via traditional research methods for the written paper portion and also includes a set of lesson plans for teachers to use. These lesson plans utilize the ideas discussed in the paper portion to provide students a platform to examine how they can best learn mathematics. The lessons were also developed with few material demands to increase access for teachers.