Motivation & Influence

“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” — Thomas Merton
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

Motivation Articles
Teaching without Rewards
Against the Sticker Chart
Student Engagement: Is It Authentic or Compliant?
Why Lots of Love (or Motivation) Isn’t Enough by Alfie Kohn
This Yale Psychologist Says Carrots & Sticks Don’t Motivate
How ending behavior rewards helped one school focus on student motivation and character (referencing Daniel Pink’s work)
How a school ditched awards and assemblies to refocus on kids and learning from MindShift
Guiding Students To Be Independent Learners from Edutopia
Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students from Edutopia

Let’s Hear it For the Average Child from NY Times

Awards Letter (ditching awards)

A Student’s Prayer
By Humberto Maturana

Don’t impose on me what you know,
I want to explore the unknown
and be the source of my own discoveries.
Let the known be my liberation, not my slavery.

The world of your truth can be my limitation;
Your wisdom, my negation.
Don’t instruct me, let’s learn together.
Let my riches begin where yours ends.

Show me so that I can stand
On your shoulders.
Reveal yourself so that I can be
something different.

You believe that every human being
can love and create.
I understand, then, your fear
when I ask you to live according to your wisdom.

You will not know who I am
By listening to yourself.
Don’t instruct me; let me be.
Your failure is that I be identical to you.

Motivation Videos
RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

What’s Stopping You?

And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome

Bodybuilding with one arm and no legs

Influence Vidoes
Taylor Mali – What Teachers Make

Wideroe – Grandpa’s magic trick (english version)

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Kids & Love

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