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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

"The Motivated Student"

"The Motivated Student"

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Have you ever been frustrated by your attempts to motivate kids with rewards and punishment? Do you wish kids were more motivated to learn rather than working for tickets to the school store? If so, you may be interested in a book study group I am facilitating based on my ASCD book "The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning." It starts in 2 weeks and is free. For details, visit: http://edge.ascd.org/_The-Motivated-Student/BLOG/2273392/127586.html My goal is to gather as many educators as possible from around the world (literally) and discuss how to engage and inspire kids to value learning and succeed academically. If you're interested in student motivation, I hope you'll join me and be part of this exciting conversation!

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Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.
Facilitator

BOB,
Don't you think that when teachers are motivated to learn, students are? Isn't that what we are doing here? When teachers get together to talk about teaching, they inpsire each other, which in turn inspires kids to learn. Well, I guess that's if they are talking about the "right" things. Thanks for the post.

gaetan

Bob Sullo's picture
Bob Sullo
author, educational consultant

Gaetan,
Good point. I agree that when we engage in fruitful discussion, it frequently inspires us. And inspiring teachers are a gift to their students. That's one of the reasons why I have decided to facilitate the book study group. Plus, I have a strong bias that we need to move beyond the carrot-and-stick, reward-punishment model if we really want to see significant school improvement. We need to engage and inspire if we want more than compliance. I hope you'll be part of our book study group. .....bob

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