BC - Building Motivation
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The present purpose is to discuss “Building Motivation”. This free brief course summarizes the associated fee based short course which is conducted face-to-face. I’m Lee Hayden and I commit to making this a course of high quality and exceptionally beneficial to you.
When frustrated by students failure to pay attention, complete assignments or attend class, teachers often blame family and community factors for students lack of motivation to learn. However, others and myself have never met an unmotivated student.
Studies have shown that students do best when intrinsically motivated, when there is a caring classroom envionment, when administrative policies don’t interfere with the learning process, when the family is supportive and values education, and when high self-esteem and self-awareness are prevalent. The SHAL website educational programs are fully supportive of all these studies. Not only does this website support the studies, but it also extends some of the studies so that a student is motivated to invent a enriched lifestyle.
I often tell students that I want them to have an enriched life. An enriched life? An enriched life is an ordinary life or good life in which certain attractors have been added to transform a good life into and enriched life. An attractor is any person, place, thing, concept, or idea that exerts a mental attractive force or pull. Each individual usually has their own unique set of attractors. A culture has its own unique set of attractors with its membership consisting of individuals with one or more of the same attractors. Somewhat similarly, a society has a unique set of attractors and a membership of cultures in which there are one or more of the same attractors. Thus, to have an enriched life beyond an ordinary/good life, an individual must somehow find their own attractors. A major aspect of the short course is about helping students find their attractors.
I am personally committed to improving your level of motivation to the maximum extent possible.. Almost everyone will qualify for the course, but I reserve the right to limit enrollment to only those students, who in my judgement, would benefit from the course
The subject of this brief course is “Building Motivation”. As always, the free brief course summarizedes the associated fee based short course. If, after completing this brief course, you believe the short course meets your needs, then sign-up. Please note that this course can be tailored to the needs of almost all students, including students who have lost confidence in their ability to complete one or more traditional courses Work with me and, in a face-to-face environment, we will improve your motivation.
Let’s first talk about the Intrinsic Motivation Model.
A growing body of evidence suggests that almost all students perform best in classroom situations when they are intrinsically motivated. Intrinsic motivation is a stimulation that drives a student to adopt a new behavior, change from one to a different behavior, or continue a given behavior for the student’s own internal satisfaction. For example: As a result of being tutored, Joe has begun 1) doing his math homework consistently and 2) volunteering to present his results in class.. Thus, 1) Joe has adopted a new behavior which is consistently doing his math homework, 2) the stimulation for adopting the new behavior is the tutoring, and 3) Joe has evidently experienced an internal satisfaction because he is volunteering to present his homework results in class.
Intrinsic motivation is greatly enhanced when directly related to the idea of purpose. There is substantial evidence that having a purpose in life is part of the human condition and that the brain is hardwired to seek purpose. Having a recognized purpose in life guides the many choices each individual makes during their journey through life. Having a purpose that we are striving to achieve gives meaning to our lives. Moreover, a purpose enables commitment and stirs our passion. For all the foregoing reasons, having a purpose greatly intensifies intrinsic motivation.
From a negative perspective, substantial evidence exists that intrinsic motivation diminishes when there are too many class disruptions, classroom management is weak, students are unable to understand the presentation or presentation materiel , the teacher is perceived to be uncaring or maintaining an attitude of distance, people suffer when they lack purpose. Clinical studies show that people deteriorate in various ways without purpose
Although, there are many levels of motivational intensity , our focus will be on only two levels: motivation that achieves the ordinary/good life and motivation that achieves the attractor levels. Each achievement in life results from the associated level of motivational intensity. Each motivation, of which we have many, is inherently an internal attitude created from feedback from external personal experiences.
Let’s now look at the Compliance Motivation Model. This model is the most commonly used model in this country.
[Note: Describe the Compliance Motivation Model. The teacher is a boss and tell the student exactly what to do and when to do it.]
I believe that a working model for intrinsic motivation can be developed and would either complement or be superior to an extrinsic motivation working model. Intrinsic motivation is part of a self-management system where learning tasks to be performed are determined by the student. Extrinsic motivtion is part of a compliance system where learning tasks to be performed are externally determined by administrative policy and teacher requirements.
Many factors exist affecting our motivation to learn. Several key factors are defined and discussed below. These factors need to be identified and then integrated into a unfied theory.
A student may choose to have an ordinary life / good life and that is a good choice. or choose to go beyond and have an enriched life.
Some people conform to their environment, others adapt to it, and still others are highly motivated to learn from their environment and change what needs improvement.
Some people conform to their environment and life happens to them. It is said that life lives them instead of them living life. They go through life with their eyes wide shut instead of wide open. Statistically, there is at least one of these people in a typically sized class room. They usually need attention from their peers. Attention is most easily obtained by some sort of class disruption. Usually, the disruption is humorous in order to minimize teacher comment.
Motivation is a decision to learn. Without motivation, a person does not learn. How motivated are you?
Let’s discuss conforming, adapting, and learning from and changing our environment.
State your agreement with the statements in Dialog 4.1 A score of 10 means full agreement.
State your agreement with the statements in Dialog 4.2 A score of 10 means full agreement.
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