Student Motivation and Performance

In the following video you’ll hear the summary of Dan Pink’s latest book “Drive” which focus on motivation as human beings.   As you watch the video what are the common misconceptions that the current research challenges?    How does this apply to how we motivate students in school towards achievement?   By putting stickers on papers on motivating people in an extrinsic manner what is the lasting effect in schools?  

I find this research and topic to be very applicable to school.  How can we better inspire or push high quality work.  I’ve been fortunate (maybe) to work in a world radically different from education surrounded by people almost solely motivated by the extrinsic value of money.  That being said Pink mentions the value of paying people enough to make “money” not an issue?   What is that number and what should a teacher be paid.   

None of this is explicitly technology related but the issue of how we motivate people is tied to leadership and you will one day have that role.  


Form Follows Function

Throughout the class we’ve been discussing the shift in pedagogy that informative technology use can create.   The next step is to take these practices and ask what do they mean for school design.   In the article provided in class last week (Jonah Lerner, New Yorker, Group Think) certain buildings were highlighted for their collaborative nature.

The video below challenges certain beliefs about school design.  The “cells and bells” model defines perhaps every school in the Peoria area in terms of the architecture.

If the form of the building were actually designed around a more constructivist pedagogy what would schools end up looking like?   A hard question to answer but I want you to take some time and dig through the following websites:

Fielding Nair

Design Share

1.  What do you like?

2.  What troubles you about these designs?

3.  Is there a certain number of students when a school just gets too big?

4.  What is that number and why?