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June 15, 2007

Key to Success?

For Benton Central High School junior Courtney Lavelle, the key to success was simply showing up. Her school, in Oxford, Ind., has a plan to get kids least to come to school, according to a story in the Journal & Courier newspaper. Each student with perfect attendance for the year ...

May 17, 2007

Passion to Succeed

An article in USA Today, "Passion fuels seniors' ability to achieve," raises interesting questions about what motivates some of the nation's top-performing high schoolers. For example, Megan Blewett, who won a $50,000 scholarship in the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition last month for her r...

May 08, 2007

The Wisconsin Covenant

A program in Wisconsin that begins this week is worth watching to see if it has its intended impact on student motivation. The program, The Wisconsin Covenant, promises high school students a spot in college or technical schools as well as financial aid if they maintain a B average, take college pr...

March 05, 2007

"Mouthwatering Motivation"

Should pizza be used to motivate students to read more? An Associated Press story about Pizza Hut's Book It program, which rewards young readers with free pizzas based on the number of books they read, says critics of the program are concerned that it contributes to poor eating habits and encourage...

January 18, 2007

Motivated by Money

"Show me the money!" That's the motivational slogan teacher Geralyn Raach uses with her 3rd graders at Central Elementary School in Coshocton, Ohio, to entice the youngsters to work harder, according to a recent story in Education Week that details an unusual research experiment in that Ohio distri...

December 15, 2006

A Study of Hope

If you believe that intrinsic motivation is a prerequisite for success in school, then you should check out a research effort spearheaded by Mark Van Ryzin, a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. The effort is called the Hope Study and i...

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