I really do not know what motivates me but I am, most people would say, ‘motivated’ and very enthusiastic.
For some things.
I am sure that the things I enjoy give me the satisfaction of, to paraphrase Kipling, filling the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run but it is hard to define or understand.
RSA Animate has been exciting educators, well everyone actually, for some time now and I have regularly, as have many bloggers, posted their animations. Watch their latest effort exploring, what motivates us.
I am particularly interested in motivating students and colleagues and to this end, have recently been listening to Daniel Pink‘s, Drive and was thrilled to see his ideas animated. Like you, I deeply value autonomy, desire mastery and need, deeply need, a sense of purpose.
What motivates you? What motivates those around you?
How are we motivating students, especially if concerned about the ‘factory’ nature of schooling, with measurement of outcomes and performance via neverending assessment tasks?
Is your school the kind of place that values and provides opportunities reflecting Pink’s ideas? One cannot blame the system, or at least, not in good conscience, without doing something positive to assist students have a sense of autonomy to seek mastery in the areas that provide them with a sense of purpose.
Do you have it very wrong ‘at your place’? What can you do?