Andy Baker


Andy Baker is an author, speaker and trainer. He has written extensively for magazines, journals and online publications. He has been a teacher and trainer since 2006, giving classes and workshops in schools, at the corporate level and for diverse organizations. This book is the amalgamation of compelling research, actual experience and the love of teaching.

Students today are often distracted by technology, social responsibilities and basic restlessness, leaving them unmotivated and indifferent. Many students have no personal academic goals and feel they have no reason to focus in class. This can leave teachers feeling frustrated, out of touch and irrelevant.

What if the in-class behavior and attitude of students is merely a matter of setting the right tone and presenting the material differently? What if there were simple actions a teacher could take that would dramatically increase how students respond to the lesson?

In The Inspired Students, Andy Baker explains that the way to have inspired students is to be an inspiring teacher.There are ways to change the atmosphere in the classroom so that students will be motivated to learn, making the role of teacher as rewarding as it should be.


Distinguish the differences between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Understand the role each plays in the long-term success of the student. Become proficient in creating an atmosphere that is conducive to your students doing their best work.


Strategies for motivating students and creating the most productive classroom environment for the benefit of both students and teachers.

  • Adapt to the changing needs of today’s learning environment, and remain relevant.
  • Motivate students to design a plan of action that will point them in the direction of achieving their goals.
  • Develop confidence and a problem solving mind-set in the classroom.
  • Follow up on your plans, measure your progress and stay on course.
  • Create trusting relationships with students by identifying their needs and deciding how you will satisfy those needs.
  • Use intrinsic motivation to make smart decisions in the classroom.
  • Recognize the difference between motivation and manipulation.
  • Build and enhance your brand in the classroom.
  • Apply tested and proven motivational principles and techniques, and match these to specific students.
  • Construct compelling content that will motivate you to inspire your students.
  • Know the kinds of thoughts that have been keeping your students from achieving their true potential as well as many practical ways of turning these negative thoughts into thoughts of achievement.
  • Help students define their personal goals, become intrinsically motivated, and take control of their dreams and plans by making conscious choices, and accomplishing their goals.
The Inspired Students is filled with expert advice, explanation and tips on how to help students want to learn and how teachers can be more effective in the classroom.”

—Dr. Robert Chen
Author of Power Prof

“Being the leader in the classroom is a compelling theme throughout this eloquent book about intrinsic motivation and students. A fun read, it’s also chock full of tips any teacher would find extremely valuable.”

—Berns David Lucana
Author of Time is up!

“College students are bombarded with numerous diversions and distractions. Teachers need strategies to motivate students during the lesson. The Inspired Students is the guide I wish I’d had years ago.”

—James R Johnson Jr
Author of The End Of BS

“A great book for anyone who wants to learn how to break through all of the distractions of today’s world and motivate college students. Every teacher (and even parents) could benefit from reading this book.”

—Jarod A. Anderson and T.L. Anderson
Author of Five Star Mentality

“If I could read only one book on motivating college students, The Inspired Students is the one I would choose. A must-read for anyone who teaches college and university students.”

—Cynthia Davis
Author of In Search of Wisdom

”Wish you could influence the atmosphere in your classroom? Spoiler alert! You already are. Learn how to get the atmosphere you want.”

—Kit Wong
Author of The Math Accelerator