‘We want to be together’St Paul’s 2021
At the start of the school year we gather with that eager anticipation and energy. The joy of reconnecting with each other and planning to welcome back our students for the year ahead.
Today I shared two reflections looking at relationships and motivation and please find below a few short reflections and prompts relating to this. In essence it is about investing in the relationship, valuing each other, showing an interest in someone as an individual and about lighting the fire for learning.
If we can do this as teachers this year we can be proud of what we do – let’s start it one day at a time as we start the school term with students tomorrow. Enjoy the journey!
Six Principles of PersuasionRobert Caldini (1984)
- We value equality and balance
- If someone sends you a birthday / Christmas card you are likely to send one back
- Give unexpected gift – act of giving is most important – waiters mint, speaker biscuits
- Get buy in to relationship – if you scratch my back I’lll scratch yours
- How can you show you have bought into the relationship?
- If more rare we want it more
- Increases interest
- ‘Only 5 seats left at this price’
- Limited edition product
- Your own availability – could you give a limit of questions each lesson that they can use individually or collectively?
- Authority and credibility
- Credible and knowledgeable expert
- We trust this and are more likely to follow
- Be passionate
- Building trust and credibility
- Commitment and consistency
- Consistent in identity and self image.
- If I can get you to do one small thing I can get you to do more ‘salami one slice at a time’
- See this in marketing – introductory offers and give aways
- One step at a time – repetition
- Run the marathon one mile at a time… “anyone can do it!” GST
- People are more likely to be influenced by people they like
- More likely to like people who pay them compliments, cooperate
- Seen in social media – keen on followers and likes
- Pay genuine compliments, show personal interest, build relationships
- Consensus and social proof
- Humans are social by nature and want to conform to norm
- We look around to see what others are doing – look at whether people wear face masks in supermarkets or Church compared to a football match or festival
- 8 of 10 guests choose to reuse towels in this room – the more specific the example the more we are likely to follow
- We need to set the right culture and use nudge theory
- Make it cool to work hard, do your best, achieve – we do this well but have to work hard at it every day
- It’s no longer about simple carrot and stick – this is an outdated model and has limited impact based on power, money and authority.
- Allow for autonomy and innovation – allow time to investigate and explore learning working individually or in groups.
- Encourage growth mindset and mastery – willingness to learn, working hard on the basics that matter. Accept that we never achieve perfection and this is exciting to continue to learn and improve.
- Gamify and spot flow – we respond better to making learning into a game. Aim to get into ‘flow’ where it just clicks and spot times we experience this.
- Find the purpose and bigger picture – link learning to deeper purpose, make it relevant and engaging. It is mot just learning because we have to do it and maybe avoid starting a new topic by saying “I hate this topic too”…!
Shift motivation to a focus on intrinsic purpose and not short term extrinsic motivation. What can we do in a school context?
Apply the 3 part test to homework.
- Am I offering autonomy of how and when they do this?
- Does this assignment promote mastery by offering a novel & engaging task rather than regurgitation by rote?
- Do my students understand the purpose of the assignment they are learning from and how it contributes to the wider enterprise / learning?
Have a Fed-Ex day or task
- Set aside time to work on their own investigation / team
- Allow them the flexibility to do produce an outcome in different ways or new teams
Try DIY reports
- At beginning of term ask students to complete a report card with top learning goals
- End of half term / term grade themselves relating to this
- Write 1 or 2 paragraphs articulating where they succeeded or fell short
- What more do they need to learn?
- Once completed show them teacher to teacher report
Offer praise the right way
- Praise effort and strategy – hard work
- Growth Mindset
- Don’t praise just intelligence and talent
Help them see the big picture
- Make sure they can answer…
- Why am I learning this?
- How is it relevant to the world I live in now?
- Apply what they are studying to the real world make it relevant
- We should be asking this on learning walks / observations