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, December 21, 2011

Giving Kids What They Need

With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to make sure we give kids what they really need (not just what they want).

Read about it in "Giving Kids What They Need."

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Teacher Evaluation: Fear & Stress Are A Recipe for Disaster

More and more states are using student test scores when evaluating teachers. While this is a superficially logical position to take, the stress it will cause will only worsen the situation.

Read why in "Teacher Evaluation: Fear & Stress Are a Recipe for Disaster."