Eugene Matusov on Teaching and Motivation [Premium]

Eugene Matusov on Teaching and Motivation [Premium]

I recently discovered Eugene Matusov's writings on motivation and agency. He is a professor at the University of Delaware and he is also dyslexic.   I found it interesting that he ended up choosing a career teaching other teachers and yet his early years seem to...

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Dyslexia and Motivation [Premium]

Dyslexia and Motivation [Premium]

“Self-esteem and motivation are important in a child with dyslexia. It is important that they not feel like a failure just because their mind thinks in a different way. It is important to understand what dyslexia is in order to be able to understand the importance of motivation in a dyslexic child… A personal note – This is a very personal topic for me because I am dyslexic…nobody recognized that I had dyslexia until I was in college… I had gone through school thinking I was dumb…” — Dr. Eugene Matusov   INTRINSIC AND EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION One popular way of looking at motivation is to consider that there are intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. An intrinsic reward tends to be internal – something that is rewarding for […]

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Motivation: The Batman Effect [Premium]

Motivation: The Batman Effect [Premium]

Researchers recently found that young children were more likely to persevere with tedious jobs that they were given to do if they pretended that they were Batman while doing it. There may be something to it. The researchers were studying self-regulation and perseverance in 180 kids ages 4 to 6 years old. The researchers compared 3 test situations: 1. First-person (“Am I working hard?”), 2. Third-person (“Is Billy working hard?”), and 3. Fictional Person (“Is Batman working hard?”). The effects were quite significant. This motivational effect was named after Batman because out of all the characters that were suggested to the children (Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Batman), children who chose Batman showed the greatest perseverance with the task! To […]

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Tips for Engaging with Books – From an Anonymous Adult

Tips for Engaging with Books – From an Anonymous Adult

  This article is aimed at anyone who… is dyslexic, or thinks they might be wishes to help dyslexic adults to engage with books is interested in ways to engage with books   What are these tips? 7 things that help me to engage with any book; 3 things that help me to engage with non-fiction books; and 3 things that motivate me to engage with books 7 things that help me to engage with any book Being aware that reading and comprehension are different things – Reading is decoding words; comprehension is taking in their meaning Using self-help resources for reading print books E.g. the reading and comprehension toolkits in the book ‘Making Dyslexia Work for You’[1] Addressing my visual conditions – By tracking […]

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Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the proposition that a classroom’s motivation discourse exerts significant influences over students’ achievement in reading.” The two conditions that researchers compared were: #1. Mastery (internal standard) – “In our class trying hard is important” #2. Performance (external standard) – “In our class, getting good grades is the main goal.” Their brief conclusions: “…the results confirmed the research hypotheses concerning the role of mastery and performance goals. The form (mastery) had a […]

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