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.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Giving Kids What They Need

It's the holiday season and kids are busily telling parents (and others) what they want. To discover some great gift ideas that won't cost you any money, read "Giving Kids What They Need."

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Waiting for Superman: Using(Mis)information to Create Perception: Part II

The movie Waiting for Superman announces, "We know what to do." The not-so-subtle implication is to dismantle traditional public schools. To learn what we really need, read "Waiting for Superman: Using(Mis)information to Create Perception: Part II."