From the beginning of time, what has been the source of our survival? Motivation for survival. The origins of motivation can be traced back thousands to millions of years in fossil records. As a biologist, my goal is to break down and find a reason behind this thing called “drive”.
What is drive? Drive is our motivation. This is what gets us to do our daily tasks and succeed. From researcher, Daniel Pink, he has done extensive work on what “drive” is and how it effects people. He is an expert on the different classifications of drive.
There are two different species of drive, and they are known as:
- Intrinsic motivation
- Extrinsic motivation
What’s the difference between these two species? Well, intrinsic motivation is an inner desire and emotional yearning that one wants to strive towards. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is an outside type of reward system who wants to gain external gratification.
What will help your students succeed in class? Get to know what they’re passionate about. Utilize those passions to DRIVE them into your lessons. Intrinsic motivation sets your students up for success. @AnnMacKenzie #EDT431 #NSTA #scienceteaching
— Mr. Seballos (@mr_seballos) September 26, 2018
There are also three sub-species of intrinsic motivation that help us to further identify the species:
- Autonomy = the freedom and desire to control any aspect of your life.
- Purpose = the reasons for our existence and overall personal life.
- Mastery = the desire to perfect a task in your life.
Where is “drive” today?
The population size of drive is extremely disproportionate today mainly because of the exponential growth of extrinsic motivation. Today, in classrooms especially, extrinsic motivation is overused. Rewarding extra credit, grades, candy/food to students has created the overall drive to be at an unwanted size. External praise isn’t always good for students; in fact, it’s what causes this rapid decrease in intrinsic motivation.
Intrinsic motivation should be implemented to save its species population. How can we do this? Help revive the sub-species to make a come back in classrooms.
- Help bring back student’s interests into the lessons by getting to know what they’re truly passionate about.
- Eliminate busy work and include opportunities for cooperative learning with different student-led activities.
- Guide students through their work so they can feel their personal growth in the class pay off.
We need to help our students strive to their different motivational needs. By cutting the external praise/rewards from your curriculum and allowing students to find their passions, we can revive the intrinsic motivation species back into our lives.
— Westville Schools (@gowestville) September 25, 2018
Students will really go above and beyond if you teach them about what they’re truly passionate about!