~ 20 minutes

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” 

DWight D. Eisenhower

Think about a classroom where students are engaged and on-task, where they are working harder than even you expected because they want to do a good job, because they want to understand the problem or task, and because they are invested in the work. This Module will ask you to consider how we might achieve this in our classrooms. 

WATCH the following video. 

How to FIND ENERGY for the long term? Tips to keep MOMENTUM| Six Seconds (5.49 minutes) 

How to find energy for the long term? Want tips to keep momentum? Learn a 3 part motivation model to find energy for the long term. Grounded in research, Joshua Freedman of 6 Seconds shares his tips for staying motivated to keep up momentum and get your goals using strategies on how to find energy for the long term.

Choose ONE of the following videos to watch: 

The Infinite Game | Simon Sinek (5.00 minutes) 

2019 NAIS Annual Conference speaker Simon Sinek, a best-selling author and organizational consultant, explains what it means to be successful in an infinite game, and how that concept applies to independent schools and educators.

In this talk, Simon Sinek breaks down the importance of focusing on your why, as a business and as a person. This is a great talk for understanding the power of Engaging Intrinsic Motivation and Pursuing Noble Goals. 

Simon Sinek’s LIFE CHANGING Motivational Speech For The Millennial Generation: 5 Rules To Succeed (1.50 minutes) 

Watch the first 1 minute and 50 seconds of this video. Feel free to watch more, but at least watch those first 2 minutes. Is this what intrinsic motivation looks like? How might it feel to have such a clear sense of purpose? 

The Puzzle of Motivation | Dan Pink (18.37 minutes) 

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward. While this seems to be mostly addressing the implications in business, it has great relevance for our work in the classroom —  simply replace the idea of employees with students. 

What have you learned about motivation so far? Let’s learn a bit more about what it is and why it matters.