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Levels of Motivation

This is adapted from Rafe Esquith's levels of behavior. See Esquith's "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire".

Jennifer Williams

on 23 February 2011

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Transcript of Levels of Motivation

Levels of Motivation a common language by which to develop morality People have the capacity to function at all of these levels. Introduction These levels take a lifetime to understand and develop. Rosa Parks was not a child when she reached level 6. but this is a roadmap that can work for all students Kids spend most of their childhood here. Frequently teachers and parents spend a lot of energy here. "Wait till your father gets home" "Don't you dare use pen on this paper." Children learn to fear anger and power at this level. Teachers are encouaged to stay at this level. Thanks B.F. Skinner! "If I get a good report from the sub, we'll have a pizza party tomorrow!" Daniel Pink shows that reward decreases motivation and productivity in cognitive functions. Young teachers are particularly susceptible to this one. I sure was! "I love it when you do such neat work" Feels good to the ego. This teaches children to work to please others. It's popular today to have kids help create the rules. (I'm not suggesting anarchy) This is a great level for kids to be ... but The great thinkers and doers in this world went beyond this level. If Rosa Parks, Gandhi, or Thoreau always followed the rules, what would this world look like? This is a rare level for children and adults If we can help kids achieve empathy for those around them - this is a true accomplishment. Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" said, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it." This is the most difficult to attain and even harder to teach. A personal code of behavior resides in the soul of a person. It's almost impossible to model for students. We can't say, "Look at what I'm doing, this is how you should behave!" But we can find it in books, movies, history, and other people. As teachers we ask a lot of ourselves, and our students. It's our job. adapted from Rafe Esquith's levels of behavior
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