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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Waiting for Superman: Creating Perception with (Mis)information

The new movie Waiting for Superman includes some important (mis)information that supports its agenda. Read about it in "Waiting for Superman: The Use of (Mis)information to Create Perception (Part I).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Report Cards and Choice Theory

Do you think report cards are a form of external motivation? As someone who teaches, writes about, and applies Choice Theory, I have thought quite a bit about this issue. To read how I answered that question at a recent workshop, go to "Report Cards and Choice Theory."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rubrics, Self-Evaluation, & Creativity

Do rubrics stifle creativity? That was the question I was asked after I delivered a keynote presentation at the System Changes Conference in South Dakota last month.

Read what I had to say in "Rubrics, Self-Evaluation, & Creativity."