Thursday, April 3, 2008

motivating people/kids

Returning to Pudewa's talk...

In the second half of the same lecture, he talked about "four forms of relevancy"-- or four types of motivations about relevancy. In order of preference, they are:

intrinsic: they just have an interest in something (e.g., boys with swords)

inspired: you take an interest in something because you see someone else who is interested in it (enthusiasm in teaching is quite helpful here)

contrived: something you need to do, but are given (or manufacture) a side benefit to make it more palatable (e.g., turning math drill into a game or providing rewards for setting a new record)

enforced: all negative, backed by threats and punishment-- to be avoided whenever possible (move it to contrived if possible)


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