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.

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."

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