How to kill natural interest and curiosity in music students

Violin with grunge appearance and texture

How to kill natural interest and curiosity in music students: Use ineffective praise This is an attention-grabbing heading and deliberately so. The hunger for approval is strong in all of us. Positive comments, through the use of praise, are supportive. This positive feedback comes in many forms. The feedback is meant to encourage us, tell…

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Teacher Motivation Survey

Experiences teachers needed for teacher motivation survey

Teacher Motivation Survey I am recruiting experienced teachers to participate in my online teacher motivation survey. The survey will take about 10mins to complete. The survey is for my Ph.D on teacher motivation. Click on the link below to access the participant and ethics information and for the survey. www.teacher-motivation.com Thanks in advance  

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Verbal praise pitfalls in instrumental music lessons

Verbal praise pitfalls in instrumental lessons The hunger for approval is strong in all of us. Positive comments, through the use of praise, are supportive. This positive feedback comes in many forms. The feedback is meant to encourage us, tell us how well we have done on a task. It is used to motivate us…

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Educational success – A pathway to happiness and well-being?

success in education

Educational success – A pathway to happiness and well-being? The strong emphasis on succeeding in education through high grades, test scores and public recognition may be driving teachers and their students to adopt an extrinsic motivating style. There is nothing wrong with trying to succeed at the things we do, although some research suggests that…

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Minimising the effects of rewards in education.

Use of rewards in education

Minimising the effects of rewards in education. In previous posts, I have outlined why rewards in education are detrimental to interest and intrinsic motivation. However, teachers would still like to use rewards for their students. How do we still continue to use rewards without their detrimental effects? Reduce the salience of rewards in education. Make…

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