We continue to use extrinsic motivators because they work: they achieve short-term results. But in the long-term they destroy internal motivation, produce animosity toward the teacher, and develop a habit for low-level, reactive thinking within students.
“Extrinsic rewards can positively impact student behavior, but only for short periods of time. Over time, larger and larger rewards are needed; when the reward is removed, the desired behavior is often extinguished… Blame is then placed on the person providing the reward…” –from Transforming Climate & Culture the CHARACTERplus Way
- What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game? by Annie Murphy Paul
- Do We Need to Gamify Learning or Re-Learnify Gaming? by Mike Connell
- Brain’s ‘Reward’ Center Also Responds to Bad Experiences from Science Daily
Doing what we can over the long haul: “Stones in the River” from Center for Courage & Renewal on Vimeo.