021/2011 well done!

021/2011 well done!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I rewarded myself for managing a very busy week, with two bunches of beautiful tulips. The buds are just about to open a little bit, just like the weekend is just about to start unfolding. Anticipation of something nice is often the best moment.

We all need rewards for our work, if not from others, why not from ourselves! I often worry about very weak students who keep failing, even after trying hard. What reward will they find? In the present system, praising them for their effort becomes futile if there is no measurable improvement in grades. Inner motivation is too rare amongst teenagers, but maybe we should partly blame ourselves and the system for the lack of it.

4 Responses to “021/2011 well done!”

  1. 1 stf
    January 23, 2011 at 11:56

    you taught me about buying flowers for myself — just because – not because I have done something or deserve it, but because flowers bring colour to our lives esp in the winter.

    what you write about motivating students is so true … the Finnish system is very hard in that there is NO ROOM to encourage students by evaluating how much effort/progress they have made. I hate that …

  2. 2 sinikka
    January 24, 2011 at 00:28

    Flowers are often the only real living colour in the long winter months. So lovely, aren’t they? And yes, buying them just because is such a joy!

  3. 3 Susan van Gelder
    January 24, 2011 at 23:52

    The pull between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. Too many of the latter in school and not enough helping students see the rewards of learning vs the rewards of marks.
    As to flowers – oh yes – I need them in my house in winter too.These are so bright and cheerful.

  4. January 25, 2011 at 19:57

    I’m sure all of us in the northern wintry regions enjoy the colour of flowers!

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