Thursday, January 28, 2010
What Drives You?
Ruth Block & Dan Pink
Last week, Ruth Litman Block and Martha Bogart went to hear Daniel Pink (author of several “provocative, bestselling books about the changing world of work”) speak at Maryville University on his new book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
Martha reports it was a great talk and very provocative- and that every teacher needs to read the book. In Drive, Pink reviews the research that has been done about motivation and finds that while we know a lot about what motivates people, we just don’t do it- whether in schools, businesses, or government.
He believes people need three things to motivate them after their basic needs have been met- autonomy, mastery, and purpose. And, according to his website, “the secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”
So here’s a question: how are we capitalizing on this in the classroom?
Tags: autonomy, Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, mastery, purpose