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Man- you hit it right on point. Standards "makes life in the classroom boring, useless, and foreign to everyone's real motivation." That is so real. I started NYC Teaching Fellows this summer, and my whole take on standards is BS. Its more and more folks getting rich off of these kids and calling it closing the achievement gap. The real problem is that standards are not giving these kids what they need- a relevant education that they feel is a useful vehicle for their success in life. I guess I'll teach to the standards, but sneak in my own shit.


@ BK Teaching Fellow: That's what the good teachers do! *wink*


While money may temporarily induce students to learn, the motivation is only going to last if it comes from within the student and teacher. As a current student in Education, I feel the best way to motivate students is to tie the material with the real-world and how it can help the students in life. These type of classes do a better job of educating students with more useful knowledge than traditional those whose sole goal is to boost useless, standardized test scores.


Motivation is a great factor in the success of students and teachers, the problem is their personal motivations will differ so much that there is no textbook approach a school can take to be successful at motivating them. We can’t say money won’t motivate students, just like we can’t say money won’t motivate teachers. Run an experiment at any school in America telling one-hundred instructors that they won’t be paid for an entire year. One-hundred people might show up the next day, most of them to clear out their desk. It is proven daily that money is a great motivator in our world; because of the things it can do for individuals. Students probably realize money made O.J. innocent and then begin to imagine what money could do for them. Some parents choose to discipline their children for bad grades, while others pay their children for receiving good marks. I’d like to be referred to a statistic comparing those approaches before I jump on the bandwagon thinking money is not a successful motivator. I also know money motivates students to compete, succeed, and in some cases over-achieve; but not necessarily the cash-in-pocket money we all assume we are talking about. As a high school student I didn’t like school, but society told me I had to learn (more like memorize test materials) to get good grades. These good grades would then get me into college and I must have a college education to be successful (have money) in life. I believe that to be a common example of students being motivated indirectly by the power of money. What about the college student that keeps up their GPA to remain eligible for a tuition scholarship? Again, money plays a big factor in the motivation of that student. Will money motivate every student? Absolutely not. There will always be some silver-spoon teen that will be successful in life no matter what their high school transcripts reads. However, this person seems to be an exception in today’s working class world.

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Motivation is the activation or energization of goal-oriented behavior. Some time it is often defined as the psychological quality that leads people to achieve a goal.

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I think the main issue with motivation is that it is so, so hard to fire ineffective teachers. In my experience, it would be so much better if the bad teachers could be let go somehow. Really good teachers often get really disenchanted with the mediocrity that surrounds them.

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