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.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Perseverance and the Relentless Pursuit of McNuggets!

Looking for a way to kill the natural enthusiasm for learning and the development a positive character traits? Read "Perseverance and the Relentless Pursuit of McNuggets" to see how one school applies the "tried and true" principles of external motivation.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cheating on High-Stakes Testing: Can You Believe It?

The recent cheating scandal in Atlanta has people "shocked" and "appalled." Not me. If anything, I'm surprised there isn't more wide-spread cheating. You can get my take on the situation by clicking here.