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December 13, 2007

The Teacher's Role in Motivation

A new position paper put out by the Association for Childhood Education International outlines the teacher's role in student motivation and how that can be used to bolster achievement. The paper draws two major conclusions about student motivation. The first is that "children's learning is support...

November 07, 2007

NYC's Prizes for Performance Continued

Check out the latest of New York City's ideas to entice kids with cash prizes and other incentives to get them to do better in school. According to this New York Times story, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is considering a proposal to give some students free cellphones and to reward high academic perfo...

October 16, 2007

Cash Incentives for AP Test Performance

Lately, it seems like every month or so another school district starts an incentive program in which cash is offered for student academic achievement. The latest news is from the New York City schools, which plans to expand the use of a cash-reward program. Thanks to donations by philanthropists,...

October 11, 2007

Let's Talk About Positive Reinforcement

Blogger Joanne Jacobs points us this week to the D-Ed Reckoning blog, where specific ideas for using positive reinforcement to motivate students are proposed. The ideas are based on an interview with a teacher who works in a poor, urban school. Since this was my first visit to D-Ed Reckoning, I mu...

October 09, 2007

Motivation Guru Speaks

Motivation guru Richard Lavoie, the author of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets for Turning On the Tuned-Out Child, talks to USA Today in this Q&A session about the importance of not branding kids as lazy, the balance between providing support and encouraging challenges, and the wisdom, or lack...

October 04, 2007

One Way to Get HS Kids to Class On Time ...

A high school in Minnesota is trying to motivate kids to get to school on time by linking parking privileges to tardiness, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The school has set up a graduated system of consequences for tardiness that suspends students' parking permits. What'...

October 02, 2007

Does Fining Parents Work?

Does fining or punishing parents for their children's misbehavior really work? Probably not, suggests a recent story by the BBC. One researcher looked specifically at whether fining parents worked to discourage British children from skipping school. But he found no link between the parental pen...

September 14, 2007

10,000 Sign Up for Wisconsin Covenant

Back in May, I had promised to keep readers up to speed on any developments in the Wisconsin Covenant program, which plans to offer guaranteed college placement and financial aid to high school students in the state who maintain B averages. Well, here's the latest: Almost 10,000 ninth graders i...

July 05, 2007

Pay for Performance

Barry Schwartz, a psychology professor at Swarthmore College, wrote a fascinating op-ed piece in the New York Times this week about New York City's plan to pay students up to $500 for doing well in school. Mr. Schwartz argues that offering external perks to students can actually be detrimental in th...

June 26, 2007

Turning Down a Free Ride?

Twenty years ago, George Weiss and his then-wife, Diane, offered an entire class of 6th graders an opportunity that would make many students green with envy. Finish high school, the Weisses said, and we'll pay for your college education. Some kids took full advantage of the offer. For example, Ja...

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