Friday, February 14, 2014

Westosha's 20% Project Proposals

Hey Teacher - Ask yourself >

  1. Am I offering students any autonomy over how and when to do this work?
  2. Does this assignment promote mastery by offering a novel, engaging task (as opposed to rote reformulation of something already covered in class)?
  3. Do my students understand the purpose of this assignment? That is, can they see how doing this additional activity contributes to the larger enterprise in which the class is engaged?

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges.

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operation system – which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators – doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements:
(1) Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives;
(2) Mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that masters; and
(3) Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
  1. Complete this proposal form with your group. > 
  2. Paste the URL to that form in the comment section of this post.
  3. Take a moment and watch Pink explain his findings about what really motivates us!

thanks +Kevin Brookhouser for letting me see how it's done!