Have you seen the TED talks?
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the talks are given by experts from around that world who are given 20 minutes to explain their research, findings, theories or new ideas. I am hooked on these talks, which are like a little "brain spa."
If you have 20 minutes, watch this. It is about motivation, and how reward systems backfire:
The speaker makes the point that there is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does. I couldn't help but think that the mismatch applies to schools as well. Often, kids are already in the "what's in it for me?" paradigm that reward systems can foster, and we have all seem scenarios in which the carrot and the stick are the only tools someone has for making someone do something. And I don't just mean with the students.
Autonomy, mastery and purpose not only work better, it seems, but allow everyone to keep their integrity.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.