Be Better at Life by Thinking of Yourself Less is a very interesting piece at New York’s Magazine’s “Science of Us.”
It shares research, and interesting stories, of how thinking about the impact of our effort and success could have others enhances our motivation.
I’m thinking that one way to use this idea in the classroom is just to ask students to list the people they know who would be pleased and/or inspired by their academic success – and why. Maybe following that up with creating posters or writing a short essay?
One idea to consider for next year…
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