Tag: motivation


Pitch, pace, challenge and motivation

For a while now, I have been wrestling with my own thoughts on the interaction challenge and motivation. In relfecting, I also considered the importance of pacing. Teaching is so messy, these three variants just the tip of the pedagogical iceberg. Explaining the relationship is difficult. Given the context I work in, there is a…
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27 Feb ’18 0

Attendance Black Ops to writing opiate

Anyone else missing a few students from class this week? Year 10 and 11 boys in particular, as of November 13th? Can we expect some bleary eyed teenagers to return to class next week? [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/petewharmby/status/269785040488128512″] Let use the dollar figures shall we, they are higher. And higher here, is more definitely better. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 earned a staggering $500…
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17 Nov ’12 0


Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? – Will Smith In my Y11 English class I do not have a single students targeted a C grade. At present, their writing is gradually improving, but it is not yet at a C grade. In fact, if you could grade work…
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16 Sep ’12 0

Get the Right Motivators

The problem with making an extrinsic reward the only destination that matters is that some people will choose the quickest route there, even if it means taking the low road. Daniel Pink  (p 51 Drive the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. 2009.)   Goldilocks tasks — challenges that are not too hot and not…
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7 Jan ’11 0

As I was Listening

‘We can not change the cards we are dealt, just the way we play the hand.’ Taken from Randy Pausch’s presentation ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.’ Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at his University Sept. 18, 2007. In his moving talk, Pausch talked about his…
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26 Mar ’08 0