Tech & Teaching Tuesday
October 28, 2014

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink author of Drive.

RSA:  What Motivates Us - Dan Pink

People are motivated when given opportunity for
Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

Motivation for Students

Take Aways for Educators - Ways to move students toward autonomy, mastery and purpose. (Ideas from pg 186-196)

Give Homework the Three-Part Test

"• Am I offering students any autonomy over how and when to do this work?

  • Does this assignment promote mastery by offering a novel, engaging task (as opposed to rote reformulation of something already covered in class)?
  • Do my students understand the purpose of this assignment? That is, can they see how doing this additional activity at home contributes to the larger enterprise in which the class is engaged?”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

  • Have a Fed-Ex Day

    “the software company Atlassian injects a burst of autonomy into its workplace by setting aside a day each quarter when employees can work on any project they choose, however they want, with whomever they’d like. Why not try this with your students—or even your own sons and daughters? Set aside an entire school day (or a family vacation day) and ask kids to come up with a problem to solve or a project to tackle. ”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    Give Allowance and Chores

    “Here’s why household chores are good for kids: Chores show kids that families are built on mutual obligations and that family members need to help each other.Here’s why combining allowances with chores is not good for kids. By linking money to the completion of chores, parents turn an allowance into an “if-then” reward. ”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    DIY Report Card

    “At the beginning of a semester, ask students to list their top learning goals. Then, at the end of the semester, ask them to create their own report card along with a one- or two-paragraph review of their progress. Where did they succeed? Where did they fall short? What more do they need to learn? ”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    Turn Students into Teachers

    “One of the best ways to know whether you’ve mastered something is to try to teach it. Give students that opportunity.”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    Help Kids see the Big Picture

    “Whatever they’re studying, be sure they can answer these questions: Why am I learning this? How is it relevant to the world I live in now? Then get out of the classroom and apply what they’re studying. ”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    Offer Praise the Right Way

    “Praise effort and strategy, not intelligence.

    • Make praise specific.

    • Praise in private.

    • Offer praise only when there’s a good reason for it. ”

    Excerpt From: Pink, Daniel H. “Drive.” iBooks.

    Your IDEAS!!!

    Discuss with your PLC how these ideas might be applicable in your content area or classroom setting.