When discussing both education and parenting, motivation is a recurring theme.
What, at its core, motivates children to not only learn but to behave with respect and kindness?
How do teachers motivate learners while adhering to school rules and standardized testing?
How do parents motivate children to do their chores and cooperate in the family?
One way, as we’ve mentioned, is with EXTERNAL MOTIVATORS.
What are External Motivators? (A Refresher)
External Motivators are simply imposed systems (by adults) to steer children toward “desired behaviors” (see examples in the infographic).
These systems may technically and positively steer behavior, but ultimately, they lead to hidden outcomes that “steal” the internal desire to learn and explore the world.
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