Accountability through camaraderie & care

If I pop into my husband’s office around 9 in the morning, I do so with as much stealth as I can, blending into the background as I grab my laptop or a book or more lined paper. It’s stand up time, and there he is, standing, listening to his coworkers on video chat explain what they’ve done since yesterday’s stand up and what they will be working on next. It doesn’t take much time, but it keeps the team … Read More

Intrinsic v. Extrinsic Rewards for Moms at Home

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We’ve all felt it. We sip our coffee and stare down at our list. We just don’t wanna. Maybe we just can’t even. Or, perhaps with the coffee we think we can take on that list, but come 10am or noon or 2pm, all the motivation is gone – poof – seemingly for good. What do we do? Give up? Trudge, grudgingly, on? Fuss and whine, whether internally or, worse, externally in the tone we mete out to the kids? … Read More

Motivation Monday: Tell a true story.

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Mornings and Mondays – fresh starts – are key to setting the tone for the rest of the day or week. Let’s do our best to start with a burst that will keep us going. Keeping Productivity in Perspective Two weeks ago my week did not at all go as I had planned. It was a break week in our homeschool routine, so I had all sorts of things I wanted to get done around the house and online. Plus, … Read More

Classically Charlotte: Children are born persons

So Brandy of Afterthoughts is leading a study of Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles of Education at the Ambleside Online forum, and even though I don’t use Ambleside, I very much respect and admire Miss Mason’s principles. So, I thought I’d follow their discussion and also work out here how her principles align with classical categories. Principle of Education #1: Children are born persons. Children are born as image-bearers of God, yet also subject to sin. They are not blank slates. … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More

What is Intrinsic Motivation? Motivating Without Stickers

So, if Daniel Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is correct in his conclusions, extrinsic motivators should be taboo whenever the work we assign requires creativity or when it is something that touches personhood (virtue, learning). So what tactics are left to us? If we aren’t to use sticker charts or play money or marbles or other superficial reward structures, are there any tactics we can use? Intrinsic Motivators in the Home & Homeschool … Read More

How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards

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As I reviewed on Friday, In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and satisfaction center on having these three operators in our lives: Autonomy: the ability to have at least some self-direction. Mastery: the ability to improve ourselves in a field or skill. Purpose: the ability to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It turns out that even science is now demonstrating that people are not purely economically motivated, yet as Pink puts … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More