Definition : "The teacher motivates interest in literacy tasks, concepts and learning."

Stimulation is the label we have given to the teaching practice used by teachers to motivate interest in literacy tasks, meaning making and learning in general. Studies indicate that motivation is crucial if students are to make adequate progress in learning to read.

Most children begin school with a positive attitude towards learning, however, if children are not stimulated and their motivation maintained they may become alienated, which may result in the development of learning difficulties. Stimulation was a common practice within the effective teachers' repertoires.