Setting goals together as a class can be motivating. The unexpected can also be motivational. This can include an unexpected tangible reward or a preferred change of routine to lesson plans and activities. Providing choices of motivational projects or reinforcement to the students can also be highly motivating for the students.
Determining the need of the motivational project and the desired end goal are key steps to keeping the motivational project from becoming an unhealthy bribe. It can also be helpful to develop a simple written plan that answers some of these questions. How easily can the students attain the goal? Are the students really struggling with a particular project or concept and do they need frequent reinforcement now? If the students needed 10 stars to earn the reinforcement the first time can we make 15 our goal this next round? How can students be involved in encouraging each other, keeping track of points earned or selecting rewards?
Also, having students participate in providing motivational activities for other students (older students to younger students or between classroom peers) establishes the joy of giving and learning together.