Sunday, July 21, 2013
Intrinsic motivation does not have to be learned. It does not have to be taught or developed. Children have it in abundance from an early age. They explore their world daily, discovering and asking questions to enrich their lives. They do this without hesitation and with great pleasure. It is our job, as educators, to continue this path, to draw out their intrinsic motivators, to help them learn. Often in our quest to teach curriculum we miss the mark and turn them off. Some never return to their state of intrinsic motivation at school.
We need to be more cognizant of the interests of each of our students and find a way to touch each of their interests thereby keeping them interested in learning and willing to explore all facets of the topic. It is only through helping them to be motivated by their interests will we improve all levels of education.