February 23 – Weinstein 7
I found this particular chapter on Enhancing Students’ motivation extremely interesting and practical for my classroom. I could relate to the chapter as soon as it opened up with a student teacher’s sentiments about her unmotivated 5th graders, and found one point in particular especially intriguing: “motivation is an acquired disposition amenable to change. It can also be situation to specific, varying with the nature of the particular activity. According to this… perspective, teachers are responsible for trying to stimulate students’ engagement in learning activities.” (p.202) I suppose I had always realized that this was the nature of motivation, but failed to put that perspective into practice when dealing with my “unmotivated” 5th graders. I sounded a lot like the opening student teacher, complaining about how I could threaten them with calling parents, taking away recess, or using any other bit of leverage I could find to make them understand the importance of taking school seriously. To realize that students’ motivation lies in my hands, though, and to put that to action, is almost a foreign concept to me. How can I take steps to implementing that? Does expectancy x value framework really work?