Motivation



Motivation makes people do amazing things. It is something that, when keyed into correctly, can change how we see ourselves in the world. I want to find what motivates my students and use that to help them move forward in their education. Everybody has different ways of becoming motivated, and I wanted to do this wiki to see some of those other ways. I also wanted to learn more about creating motivation so that I can use motivation as a tool in my classroom.

The Five Most Important Things I learned:
1.) People often think of ideas and goals but need help to reaching the activation energy to start assertively moving towards those goals and ideas.
2.) Extrinsic rewards can often decrease performance.
3.) If you want to get what you want, do not rest on the word fine. Facing how we really feel is one of the first steps in motivating ourselves to do better.
4.) Seeing our students for who they are and building personal relationships with them can help increase motivation in the classroom.
5.) Having students actively participate in the classroom increases motivation. This makes them feel like they have an active role in developing their education and also keeps them engaged.

If you can only view one element of my Wiki page watch the Mel Robbins TedTalk because her concrete way of thinking about motivation puts a big idea into tangible terms. The video is relevant to many of us and is inspirational in the way that it talks about what people can achieve if they go about things in the right way.


This video tells you how to get what you want. Mel Robbins digs into why we hold ourselves back from the changes we want to make in our lives. I give it a 5/5 because of its applicability and relevancy. It could be used more as a tool for teachers than for students. It addresses issues such as Maslow's hierarchy and social constructs. The meat of it is captured in this quote, "your problem isn't ideas, the problem is that you don't act on them." Mel Robbins is both lively and interesting to listen to.


I did not choose this resource because I agree with everything this man is saying, I chose it because I do think he makes a good point about intrinsic motivation. The video is interesting in the way that it emphasizes how intrinsic motivation is often lost in our education system, even though it is very important to the success of the individual. I give this video a 5/5 because of the way that it addresses a controversial issue and makes you think outside of the box. It is also eloquently delivered in a poetic manner.


http://www.motivation.com- I chose this website because it contains a bunch of different ideas about motivation. The site's slogan is this: Motivation: Seeing something new will change your life. The media on there has something that everybody can connect with and find inspiration from (or at least a chance to think twice). One of the things I looked at on this site was the Capacity video By Ken Streater. This video emphasized how the one size fits all model dose not work when you are a teacher. Ken sees each of his students for who they are and as a result of that creates a very special classroom atmosphere. I give this site a 5/5 for its range of ideas and resources. The media is high quality and everybody can find something to relate to and think about on this site.



This slideshow goes into basic definitions and theories of motivation. It is a good summary of what you would read about motivation in a basic college textbook. I give it a 4/5 because it has useful and straightforward information, but some of the slides are not put together as clearly as they could be.


This podcast is about finding the right thing to motivate someone. It has to be stakes that are more powerful than the urge they have to fall back into an unmotivated state. It uses interesting examples (such as quitting smoking) and also goes into the inner workings of our brains. It explores questions about battling with self and being in the present. I give it a 5/5 for the depth of content and elegant way of tying many aspects of the mind together.


In this TedTalk, Dan Pink goes into research on why scientists know that extrinsic rewards do not often work, but the business world often ignores this research. He talks about ways people can be motivated without extrinsic factors so that they are not just trying to race to the finish line. He claims (and has the evidence to prove it) that extrinsic motivators often decrease performance. I give this video a 5/5 because of its scientifically sound and interesting messages.

http://www.virtualsalt.com/motivate.htm- This website steps into a student's perspective and gives concrete tips on how to motivate students and increase student performance in the classroom. I give it a 4/5 because it has a lot of good ideas, but I do not know how researched the information is. However, I would definitely use some of these things in my classroom.


This TedTalk emphasizes how teachers need to make their students feel like they're someone. If we believe in their abilities, they will be more likely to be motivated. Rita Pierson has been a teacher for 40 years and she is passionate about using strong relationships with her students to pave the road to learning. I give this video a 4/5 for its inspiration and powerful main ideas.