Our goal here at Rosie is to be riveting, which you could also call “motivating.” But how exactly do we consider motivation from a teacher’s mindset?
That’s the focus of our latest interview with Dr. Sandra Deemer, professor of educational psychology at Millersville University. We cover a number of topics related to motivation including: helping high achievers move beyond grades, taking risks in the classroom, and the importance of understanding our own motivations as teachers.
Through Rosie-Colored Glasses
Here are three things that stuck with me after this interview:
- We should be motivating our high-achieving students to achieve mastery. This one really resonated with me. Last year, a good friend of mine’s son had a 100% in Science class, and the teacher told him that he could do better. He couldn’t understand that. Sometimes the high flyers in our class have become so focused on their grades that we need to show them the ways in which they can grow as a learner beyond the number grade. Or to remind them what made learning fun in the first place. In an upcoming post I’ll be introducing you to the 20% Time Project, which is an excellent way to let students dabble in risk and mastery.
- Understanding our own motivations is key to making all student comfortable in our classrooms. When I was a student teacher, my cooperating teacher said students who were okay with just “getting by” would drive me crazy. She was right. To become more aware of how others are motivated we first need to understand ourselves. To find out your motivations, here is the link to the survey on motivation that Dr. Deemer mentions in the interview: http://www.umich.edu/~pals/PALS%202000_V13Word97.pdf
- Students are motivated if they’re texting on their phone. Seeing students on their phone or playing games on their Chromebook in the middle of a lesson is frustrating. But how interesting to look at it from the perspective that they are motivated – even if not in the way that we want.
Additional Resources Provided by Dr. Deemer
Carol Dweck’s resources related to Mindset: http://mindsetonline.com/
Rita Pierson video on motivation (teacher’s perspective)
You can also check out Dr. Deemer’s book Reflections on How Educators Use Motivational Theories in Educational Psychology.
What was your greatest takeaway? Comment below!