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Ever wish your students were more motivated? If you’re like most of us, you have tried an array of rewards and punishments to motivate kids. There’s only one problem: it doesn’t work. At least it doesn't work well enough. People (yes, even students) aren’t motivated from the outside so rewards and punishments only work to a point. We are internally motivated. That’s why it's essential to engage and inspire students to be motivated to succeed in school (and life.)

If you’re ready to move beyond the reward/punishment model and embrace a whole new way to understand motivation, I encourage you to come back regularly. It’s time to challenge the status quo and create schools and classrooms based on what really motivates behavior.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

We Are Driven by Fun

One of the most overlooked areas in education is the importance of fun in the classroom. Renowned psychiatrist William Glasser has identified fun as one of the five basic needs that drives all human behavior. If you want your students to be more motivated to do what you want, infuse fun into your classroom.

The drive for fun is captured wonderfully in a two-minute video: Piano Stairs. What motivated so many people to use the stairs as opposed to the escalator? Just watch and you’ll see that it is all about fun.

1 comment:

  1. Nice and simple that idea to infuse fun in our clasrrom. Living and learning become smoother and enjoyable!!