Article: How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn, Ingfei Chen

Jane Mount/MindShift
Jane Mount/MindShift

Montessori embraces the child’s love of learning, and provides ways for them to learn and grow at their own pace. Children find meaning in their work, learning ways to contribute to their classroom community. The first six years of a child’s life are extremely critical, in that we must provide a strong learning foundation that helps them to appreciate education in every aspect. The Montessori philosophy helps children learn how to learn, by strengthening their concentration and focus on every detail, making the most of any learning experience.

This interesting article from NQED explores different tests and research conducted on students to determine what intrinsically motivates them to achieve their goals.

“…it isn’t practical or possible to render every lesson or assignment in K-12 “super fun and game-y” for kids — and even if it were, doing so could be a disservice to them later. What would they do when they get to law school and are faced with having to memorize long lists of laws? Or when they land a job that calls for mastering information that no one has “gamefied” to make it exciting to learn?

Students go to school not just to learn specific facts…They’re learning how to learn, how to practice self-discipline and motivate themselves through frustrating roadblocks, and thus are preparing for adulthood. That’s important even if it isn’t always fascinating…But having that bigger sense of purpose, that personal mission of making a positive difference in the broader world, might help students to find meaning in difficult or mundane schoolwork. ‘If you think about it the right way, you can actually be motivated and you can find it interesting, even if on the surface it’s not fun,’ Paunesku said.”
– Ingfei Chen, blogger, Mindshift/KQED

Click on the link below to view the article in full:
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/about/

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