If we foster student centered learning and pedagogy, then learners will possess an increased sense of belonging and be motivated to learn.
(BLP SGDSB 2014)
Last week I wrote about how planning for professional learning motivated me and gave me a sense of efficacy – it also helped me to connect our Conditions for Learning to Student Centered Learning… of how practicing our Conditions for Learning helped me to consolidate my thinking. This is one of the other goals of my LLT session; to take the participant leaders back to why we are embedding the Conditions for Learning into our practice, why we are increasingly shifting from a culture of teaching to a culture learning – our ultimate goal is the motivate and engage our students.
Here is a quote from the SEF document (taken from Toshilis and Nakkula) …that addresses the struggles with intrinsic motivation and thus engagement that many educators (especially secondary school educators) reflect back to us:
“Motivation, engagement and student voice are critical elements of student-centred learning. Without motivation, there is no push to learn, without engagement there is no way to learn and without voice, there is no authenticity in the learning. For students to create new knowledge, succeed academically, and develop into healthy adults, they require each of these experiences” (SEF, pg 22).
This quote makes us see the Conditions for Learning (and the Foundational Principles to be Developed in the Learner and in the Environment) as the HOW to solve the mystery of motivation and engagement!
As always, I think about the alignment between adult learning and student learning and in my analysis of the factors that motivated me, I began to think back to Ferlazzo’s blog from last week that I had shared – the blog about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Since that post, a number of people have shared their struggle to motivate and they have asked for more of the “HOW?” Ferlazzo published a subsequent blog and I felt compelled to post it here for you to continue this conversation.
Until next week…