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Chapter 3: Discovering Self-Motivation
Transcript of Chapter 3: Discovering Self-Motivation
By Skip Downing
Case Study in Critical Thinking: Popson's Dilemma
Read the selection (p. 72-73)
Rank the quality of their advice on the scale. Put scores for the 8 professors.
How many of you picked each professor as #1 (best advice for motivating), who gave the best advice for motivating the students? #2?
How many picked each character as #8 (worst advice for motivating)?
Create groups, discuss, & debate. Spokesperson share.
What did you learn from this?
What motivates you?
(5 things of being!!- Les Brown)
If like the students in the case study, you begin to lose your motivation in college, what could you do to get it back?
We are what we imagine ourselves to be
Creating Inner Motivation
#1 barrier to students' success in college?
Symptoms of lack of self-motivation:
arriving late to class or being absent
turning in late or no assignments
sloppy work or not followed directions
offers of support ignored
not participating in class, discussions, or activities
How to Set a Goal
To be truly motivating, a goal must have 5 qualities (DAPPS rule):
Dated (specific deadlines)
Achievable (challenging, but realistic)
Personal (your own)
Positive (focus your energy on what you want, rather than on what you don't want)
Specific (distinguished, measurable goals)
A Formula for Motivation
V (Value) X E (Expectation) = M (Motivation)
Value- we are naturally motivated by our values, important to get clear on what our values are. In education, value is determined by the benefits one will obtain from seeking & obtaining a college degree.
Expectation- how likely it is that you can obtain a college degree with a reasonable effort.
Goals and Dreams
"Goals are dreams with a deadline." ~Napoleon Hill
"No one else can really motivate us; we're each responsible for creating our own motivation."
To stay motivated in college, first, find ways to raise the value you place on college.
Second, you need ways to raise the expectation you have of being successful in college.
Why are dreams important?
Life Plan- Creators identify their goals & dreams, & the most direct path there.
What should come first- short-term or long-term goals?
You can't complete a long journey in one step, make short-term goals as the stepping stones, & each one completed brings you closer to achieving your long-term goals.
Committing to Your Goals & Dreams
How can you keep your motivation strong?
Unbending intention, single-mindedness of purpose
Committing to our dreams, we program our brains to look for solutions to our problems & keep us going when the path gets tough (Angela Duckworth- TedTalk)
Visualize yourself accomplishing your fondest goal
Write a personal affirmation- they help us breathe life into personal qualities (Jessica's Daily Affirmation)
Write 3 positive adjectives about yourself.
My name is Professor Bajaj. I am positive, diligent, & an organized person.
Journal E: Motivation
There are three things to remember about education. The first is motivation. The second is motivation. The third is motivation.
former U.S. Secretary of Education
What role does culture play in our motivations?
The most recognized benefit of a college degree?
higher saving levels
improved working conditions
increased personal & professional mobility
improved health & life expectancy
improved quality of life for off-spring
better consumer decision making
increased personal status
more hobbies & leisure activities
personal satisfaction & accomplishment
Culture & Value of College Outcomes
Exercise : Guess My Dream
Individually, finish the 9 sentence stems on the "Guess My Dream" handout
In your groups, read sentences 1-9, but don't read 10. Let your group guess your dream.
What is the value of having dreams?
If you do not have a dream, where could you get one?
Activity: Draw Your Dreams
In groups of 4
Draw a picture or symbol of your greatest dream or dreams in life
Use your imagination to create a picture of your dream
Each person in the group will share their picture to your group and explain what your dream is
use present-tense verbs
members can ask questions about your dream
present it with the energy & emotion that it deserves
Share Goal Setting assignment.
Creating Inner Motivation
How important do educators think motivation is to your academic success?
What determines how motivated you are?
What can you do to keep your motivation consistently high this semester...and beyond?
Up Until Now
HS vs College Culture
Manage our Finances
Becoming an Active Learner
Grit: the power of passion and perseverance
| Angela Lee Duckworth
Jessica's 'Daily Affirmation'