Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation

This: “I believe that intrinsic motivation theorists are correct in raising concerns about overuse or inappropriate use of rewards. In classrooms, it is difficult to reward students that (a) take into account their individual learning efforts and profess and (b) avoid communicating that they engage in activities to obtain the rewards rather than to learn.… Continue reading Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation

Pretty Sure Badges Aren’t the Answer to Our Motivation Problem

With the convening of the DML 2012 conference, the conversation on my feeds has once again turned to badges. As I’ve outlined in this space before, I am somewhat of a badge skeptic. At first it was a general uneasiness, then I started thinking about motivational theory and what it might predict about the use… Continue reading Pretty Sure Badges Aren’t the Answer to Our Motivation Problem

Badges as Goals: Achievement Goal Theory

This is part of a series of posts that will build into my final paper for the Motivation course I am taking this semester. I want to emphasize that this a rough draft and welcome comments, especially ones that point out flaws in my logic or understanding of the motivational theory under consideration. I’m going… Continue reading Badges as Goals: Achievement Goal Theory

Badges as gold stars: The Behavioral View of Motivation and Learning

This is part of a series of posts that will build into my final paper for the Motivation course I am taking this semester. I want to emphasize that this a rough draft and welcome comments, especially ones that point out flaws in my logic or understanding of the motivational theory under consideration. I’m going… Continue reading Badges as gold stars: The Behavioral View of Motivation and Learning

Something

I like to think of myself as a writer.  Or, at the very least, a person who, when called upon to write, can produce something coherent and interesting. Additionally, I like to think of myself as an efficient machine: I do not let procrastination win.  No–I work all hours of the day and night, squeezing… Continue reading Something

Motivation interview with Paul Oh

In CEP 900/930, we were tasked with creating an audio interview that demonstrated motivation in learning.  Here is my interview with Paul Oh, senior program associate with the National Writing Project. I chose to interview Paul Oh for many reasons.  First and foremost, he is one of the most motivated learners I know.  He is… Continue reading Motivation interview with Paul Oh