Let’s create something new

2 thoughts on “Let’s create something new”

  1. First let me give full disclosure, I am not a classroom teacher, I am a physical therapist and I run a company now based on positive reinforcement.
    In PT school we spent some time working on feedback and motor learning and I have found working with patients that positive reinforcement motivates them more than anything else I can do. For example, after knee replacement we have a goal of 90 degrees knee flexion. After each session we measure knee flexion and as long as we are moving towards the goal they stay motivated. Jason, as you are working on muscle ups, I am sure you feel motivated when you see progress toward your goal. These are both positive feedback cycles.
    So my suggestion is find an effective method to provide consistent positive feedback when they meet the homework goal. That could be anything from individual awards to Mr. Whitaker will do the Dougie if everyone brings their homework on Monday. Whatever you think will work. Over time the feedback can become variable, but up front it needs to be every time they succeed.
    Good luck!

  2. I didn’t say it, but I would like to hear from non-education types so your insight is welcomed.
    I do like this idea. The challenge I put out to my class is to have 100% this week and Monday we’ll do something fun. we went over the homework expectations and I hope to have a good report Friday. I’ll keep you all posted on it.

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