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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Self Control: Dan Ariely at TEDxDuke”

I’m a big fan of Duke professor, author and researcher Dan Ariely, and have written a lot about his work.

Here’s a video of a talk he gave on self-control (you can find the transcript here).

It’s really quite good. Unfortunately, I think most of the examples and stories he uses — which are great — would just be too hard for high school students to connect with, and apply to, their own situation.

Nevertheless, I’m adding the video to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

June 9, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo

Dan Ariely On Pay For Performance

Dan Ariely has done a lot of research on motivation. Here’s a short video of him talking about pay for performance. I was particularly struck by something he says near the end. He asks if we were going in for surgery, would we want to tell the surgeon that if he/her does his job well we’ll give him a lot of money and if he doesn’t do his job well we’ll sue him, or would we rather have him just concentrate on doing his job?

Perhaps advocates of merit pay for teachers might want to think about that question, too?

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

September 29, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Interview With Dan Ariely

I’ve just begun reading the book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by behavioral economist Dan Ariely, and was delighted to find that Learning First’s Public School Insights just published an interview with him about how his research relates to schools.

I’d strongly encourage you to read the whole piece. Here are some excerpts:

Teachers actually control a very small part of the variance. Parents control some of it. Neighborhoods control some of it. What people decide to put on the test controls some of it. And the weather, and whether a kid is sick, and lots of other things determine the final score.

So when we create these score-based systems, we not only tend to focus teachers on a very small subset of [what we want schools to accomplish], but we also reward them largely on things that are outside of their control. And that’s a very, very bad system.

I think that we just need to get people who really care about teaching. We need to pay them a living wage, and we need to make sure that they are proud of what they’re doing. We need to give them autonomy and flexibility, and we need to put trust in them. And that would motivate them.

May 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Treasure Chest Of Immediately Applicable Motivation Strategies


I’ve previously shared much of Dan Ariely’s work on motivation, including his contribution to my Ed Week Teacher column. You can see them all at Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

TED Talks just re-circulated an older post of theirs titled What motivates us at work? More than money.

It quickly summaries many of Dan’s studies. Even though the research is geared towards motivation at work, they are all applicable to the classroom, as well.

I think every teacher can benefit from a three minute perusal of the article.

January 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is Why I Make It A Priority To End Each Class & School Year On A Positive Note

I’ve previously written about the importance of ending classes and ending school years on a positive note. You can read an excerpt from one of my books where I describe the research done by Nobel-Prize winner Daniel Kahneman related to this – the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self.”

Today, Dan Ariely (you can see my previous posts about his work here) wrote about the same topic on his blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

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