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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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Perceived Problems Demand Action (Even if it doesn't help!)

"Our educational system is in shambles!" At least that's what a lot of voices are screaming. When people of action perceive a problem, they'll take steps to remedy the issue even when the evidence suggests their "bold initiatives" aren't effective. Two examples involve merit pay and charter schools. Read more here.

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