You, as a
What motivates you to learn?
What must you have in order for your
learning to be successful?
What causes you to pay attention, even if the
topic you are studying is not your favorite?
What makes you shut down?
Adapted from: http://www.angelamaiers.com/2008/04/engagement-plea.html
How can we create/avoid those
conditions in our classrooms?
What motivates people?
?Not so much...
“When it comes to motivation,
there’s a gap between what science
knows and what education does.
Our current school operating
system–which is built around
motivators–doesn’t work and often
does harm. We need an upgrade.
And the science shows the way.”
changes in red by @lottascales
“This new approach has three essential elements:
1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives.
2. Mastery – the urge to get better and better at
something that matters.
3. Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the
service of something larger than ourselves.”
Engaged learners are AMPed up!
Schlechty’s Ten Design
Qualities of Engagement
Deﬁne the what...
‣ Content & Substance
‣ Product standards
‣ Safe to fail / take risks
Deliver the why...
‣ Product focus
‣ Afﬁrmation of performance
Design for the brain...
‣ Novelty &Variety
We Don’t Pay Attention
to Boring Things.
Brain Rule # 4:
+ Digital Tools
It’s not about technology, but
technology does matter...
...because our learners are ever more digital.
...because now the world is our classroom.
Content & Substance
‣ May be mostly non-negotiable
‣ Look for ways to let students
(Extreme Biology; BrainPop Parody)
‣ Let students help deﬁne assessments:
‣ TED Talks for presentations
‣ Podcast & Wiki critiques
‣ Search for examples & non-examples
‣ Rubric generators
‣ Ask them what matters!
Safe to Fail / Take Risks
“If you aren't making mistakes, you're not learning —
or, at least, you're not learning enough.” -V. Nayar
“When blogging with students, gauge the quality of
the ideas, not the quality of the writing.” - @braddo
‣ Online Galleries of Thought - @dkuropatwa
‣ Mindset - Carol S. Dweck
‣ Zoe’s Story...
‣ Help with Bowdrill
‣ International Cooking Show
‣ Scratch Community
‣ Skype to experts & peers - 50 Ways
‣ Wiki projects - Great Debate 2008
‣ Peer mentors - WN News,TechYes
‣ Voicethread - Learning Languages
‣ Produce videos or podcasts - Room 208
‣ Publish, share and spread the word!
PS22 Chorus, Grace Lin, Jack’s Monster Cards
‣ Teach others - Our City Podcast, MathtrainTV
‣ Contests: Be a Famous Writer; Green Cup
‣ Invite feedback - School community, experts,
partner classes; Twitter, Comments4Kids
‣ Remember Zoe’s Story...
‣ 25 Days to Make a Difference
‣ Building Legacy with Wikipedia
‣ Aerial Hunting of Wolves
‣ Green Cup Challenge
‣ This is an easy one! Change it up!
‣ Vocabulary: Comics,Video, Poster, Flickr,
Animoto, Quizlet, Google News
‣ It’s about what you do, too!
(Remember Brain Rule #4)
‣ Offer choices (digital & non-digital)
‣ Not too many
‣ If you can’t offer choice of content, aim
for choice in process and/or product
‣ Remember “Product Standards”
“To teach is to learn twice.”
- Joseph Joubert
What will you and your
students “learn twice” together?
Collaborative project by Darren Kuropatwa & students
Example: Survivor: Calculus Islands
“Students’ work must have wings.”
- Marco Torres
How will you help your students
create work that has wings?
“Work that has wings...”
Digital ﬁlm festival by Marco Torres & students
Example: Ham and Eggs
(with a nod to Dan Pink)
To engage students, let them create
content that matters and contributes.
Use digital tools to connect them
constructively to the world.