Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Do This and You’ll Get That: The Death of Learning

Are you frustrated with students who are lazy and unmotivated? Are you tired of trying to convince kids to get interested in something and take some initiative in their learning? Do you want to know how to motivate your students? If you find the answers to these questions elusive, then this session is for you.

This session will take a careful look at what is motivation. We will discuss how there are actually two different kinds of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic, and how they are inversely related; meaning, that if one grows, the other will diminish. We will look at both empirical data and anecdotal evidence that will support the idea that in order to intrinsically motivate students, we must provide them with an extrinsic-free learning environment.

For more on Joe Bower's views on this topic, take a look at these blog posts:

The Behaviourism Infection
Information vs Reward and Punishment
Why the Why Matters
Classroom Management: CSI vs Firemen

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