Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students

Posted On: 1/10/2018 1:49 PM

Young student intently painting with watercolor"Students intrinsically value understanding how to do more things, helping others, and feeling a sense of accomplishment at mastering new knowledge. Extrinsic reward systems often erode the latter. Think of the impact when students bring work they’re proud of to their teachers only to get a disappointing grade, or little recognition for that C+ on a test. We must nurture children’s sense of accomplishment in authentic ways, and provide clear feedback about how they can further improve their performance. We have to be mindful not to douse a small flame just because it’s not a bonfire."

Read more at Edutopia - January 5, 2018
Photo credit: Waldorf Academy 


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