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Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 9:42 PM

The September issue of Education Leadership focuses on motivation. The image above contains quotes from seven quotes from authors in this issue and all address motivation. There are many articles in this issue that are free to read. A few are listed below.

* Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

* Motivating Young Adolescents by Rick Wormeli

* One to Grow On/Releasing the Will to Learn by Carol Ann Tomlinson

I suspect we many of us would like to see more of our students motivated in our classes. These articles may provide some insights. Please be aware that the top link a is to the current issue. Once this has been updated a new link to the issue will posted here.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 6, 1:04 PM

In this edition of ASCD, I paid particular attention to Rick Wormeils article on "Motivating Young Adolescence as I begin my next 3 year relationship with 6th grade advisees. The first year in middle school is the toughest.

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8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners

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Kathleen Cushman writes a guest post for Personalize Learning on what is critical to motivate learners.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:27 PM

Kathleen Cushman, author of the engaging iBook, "The Motivation Equation", describes the 8 universal secrets of personalizing learning to create the motivated learner:

 

1. We feel OK.

2. It matters.

3. It's active.

4. It stretches us.

5. We have a coach.

6. We have to use it.

7. We think back on it.

8. I plan my next steps

 

Do not miss Kathleen in the Personalize Learning Webinar Series on January 21st, 5pm ET when she will go into depth on motivation. Go to www.personalizelearning.com and click on the Webinar Series or Events tab to link to this webinar.

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5 Things Students Expect From Their Teachers

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Is there "a difference between a 'student' and a 'learner,' between a 'teacher' and an 'educator.'


Teachers want their students to be responsible and curious. They expect their students to follow class rules and do their homework. But what about the reverse? What do students want from their teachers?"

 

If we gave students a choice about which classes to attend each day, would they choose our subject? Would they view our pedagogical approach as worthwhile and interesting? A teacher’s job is not to be an entertainer, obviously. Gail Godwin’s quote, that “Teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater,” holds true only on a certain level. But the role of the teacher is undoubtedly to engage each child and inspire interest.

 

The partnership between student and teacher relies on expectations. When these needs are met, they create decades of learning and admiration. When unmet, however, they foment years of delay and resentment.

 


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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:51 AM

Some wonderful questions that I look forward to answering.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:36 AM

I consider points two and three absolutely necessary! Points one, four and five are more difficult to maintain for six hours per day each day of the school year for all students.

Beatriz Montesinos's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:42 PM

¿Hay diferencia entre "alumno" y "aprendiz" y entre "profesor" y "educador"?

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One type of motivation may be key to success

Novel study reveals why some people are better at achieving their goals than others

 

There are two types of motivation. Internal motivation drives people to achieve a goal for its own sake, whereas external motivation is not directly related to the goal itself. For example, if you are learning how to play the violin, you may be internally motivated by your love of the instrument, but also externally motivated by your parents’ pride or your hope that the skill will help you get into a better college.

 

According to one school of thought, internal motivations and external motivations are both effective. But some psychologists argue that only the internal motivations work for long-term goals, such as career achievement or learning new skills. The problem is that laboratory studies of motivation have focused only on short-term goals.

 

So a team of psychologists has turned to a natural experiment that has been playing out for more than 200 years. Every year, about 1300 young men and women enter the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Only about 1000 of them graduate. Of those graduates, a smaller portion pursue military careers beyond the mandatory 5 years of service. And fewer still are selected for early promotion, a mark for those on their way to the top ranks. What motivations do these students have when they enter West Point? It turns out that the academy has recorded just that through its annual survey of the incoming cadets, as well as by tracking their career outcomes.

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The study "reveals that intrinsic motivation is powerful, but it is also fragile," says Adam Grant, a psychologist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. "Even when West Point cadets found their work interesting and meaningful, if they were also strongly motivated by extrinsic rewards," such as a good salary or the respect of their peers, "they were less likely to complete their studies, continue their service, and get promoted early." This creates a paradox for ambitious people. If achieving a goal strikes you as having many benefits beyond the goal itself, but you care too much about those added benefits, you are more likely to fail.

 

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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED

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"In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the Extra Credit assignment out of pure enjoyment, it doesn’t mean she isn’t expecting external rewards like approval and attention.

 

Some psychologists go so far as to claim that intrinsic motivation doesn’t exist. Professor Steven Reiss at Ohio State University believes that human motivations can’t be forced into one category or the other and labeled as good or bad.

 

“We are taking many diverse human needs and motivations, putting them into just two categories, and then saying one type of motivation is better than another,” he says. “But there is no real evidence that intrinsic motivation even exists.”

 

The argument is that people should do something because they enjoy it, and that rewards only sabotage natural desire.

Reiss disagrees.

 

“There is no reason that money can’t be an effective motivator, or that grades can’t motivate students in school,” he says. “It’s all a matter of individual differences. Different people are motivated in different ways.”

 
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:54 PM

Does intrinsic motivation exist? This post explores this idea, clearly landing in the field of intrinsic motivation. After exploring the concept and discussing how education has changed there is a list of 25 ways we may help students cultivate this trait. A few are listed below but many more are in the post, as is a TEDtalk by Dan Pink.

* Rethink reward

* Make mastery cool

* Make students feel like education is a choice, not a requirement

* Make every student feel confident

Each of the items has additional information in the post. As you work in your classroom this year you may find yourself using some of the ideas listed in this post with your students.

Drora Arussy's comment, September 8, 2013 4:57 PM
Student ownership and buy-in has always been key, thank you for sharing.
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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | Video on TED.com

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.
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