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A Couple Of Posts On Motivation

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Here are a couple of interesting posts from around the web related to motivation:

First, there’s Berkeley Study: For MBAs, Happiness Isn’t About the Money from TechCrunch. It’s a good study to show the next person who tells you that we need to use extrinsic motivation in the classroom because that’s “how the real world operates.”

Secondly, Study: ‘Daily Report Cards’ Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD comes from Education Week. It reports on a research where teachers gave students with special needs…daily report cards on their behavior. I could see how that would work, especially given research on the importance and value of rapid feedback (I had thought I had included that research in The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students, but it doesn’t seem to be there. I know it’s in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves).

At times, I’ve done something similar, but with a very different twist — I’ve had students evaluate themselves on behavior that we have mutually decided that they should work on. We have then discussed it briefly to see if we have agreement on the how the student has rated themselves. I pessimistic about how long a behavior change will last without that buy-in…

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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