Friday, July 29, 2011

How to increase motivation among teachers

Teachers are not motivated by the carrot-and-stick approach used in many schools, says author Daniel H. Pink. Instead, Pink -- a speaker at this week's National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Conference -- said a focus on autonomy, mastery and purpose will motivate teachers to succeed and engage students in learning. He recommends schools give teachers time to pursue individual goals, provide constant feedback and make sure teachers understand the purpose behind what they are doing. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

Daniel H. Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about the changing world of work.

His latest is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance. Drive is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly bestseller — as well as a national bestseller in Japan and the United Kingdom. The book is being translated into 31 languages.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 24 languages.

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