Motivation & Learning
Here is the presentation on Motivation and some notes below the presentation.
Some random notes, some which could be repetitions of what i said, we discussed, some extra thoughts, some musings, some beliefs & assumptions and some learnings.
- Humans are designed to be selfish and hence operate from that focal point in most cases. "I is important".
- Dunno why being selfish is considered by many as not "there".
- Since humans are selfish they can only be motivated on their own accord, their needs or wants, their goals. Makes sense that we LET child or encourage child to do things by first reasoning out "whats in it for me". Once they have a goal of their own - there is no stopping.
- The kids who came from JP nagar - we did not motivate them. We let them set their own goals (they had always been told what to do) and then once they had set their goals, we gave them the freedom to achieve them the way they want to (obviously without hurting others, hurting resources, or hurting themselves). We did not even try to make things fun for them - they did that. AT the end they did a whole lot - achieved a whole lot.
- Time is relative. Hence it depends on your view point. They say, how long a minute is depends on which side of the toilet door you are :-). Hence understanding of children, learning etc has to be exclusive of time. Remove the time filter to see things as they are.
- I cannot motivate anybody - yet i can provide the pre-conditions so that the children are motivated on their own. In my experience children don't necessarily need encouragement or even fun - so we can knock off 'Fun' and 'Reward' out of the F-A-I-R formula for motivation. And let there be
My (child's ) GOAL and Freedom to learn (click here to read an article on this)
- Letting a child set his own goals presumes that we TRUST the child. This is the big one. I wonder why we are unable to trust the child? Is it related to how much we trust and believe in ourselves? Is it related to how much we were trusted as children? Is it dependent on what I think is my role and responsibility as a parent?
- When children work in groups, it would be important to set a shared vision - much like how a corporate team (is supposed to) work.
- Since I is important, it becomes even more important, that we understand the child, his 'I'. We get to know the child. This is not to manipulate him to fit in our goals, just to understand the force that drives him!
- Often in the session the views we put out will be contradictory to what you think.
- In any case, in geniekids we say, if two of us think the same way, one of us is redundant!
- If we tell you what you already agree with, whats the value add we are offering you.
- Our whole objective is to make you see things as you have not seen them.
- If we aren't doing this - knock on us.
- If we are, feel knocked out :-)