Tagged with intrinsic motivation

Being the Rat in a Maze

Being the Rat in a Maze

Do you ever have those moments when a principle you know to be true is demonstrated, and you are amazed anyway? Watching eggs being sucked into a bottle  or cans being crushed by air pressure do that to me.  I know it should happen, but I’m still amazed, especially if I do the experiment myself. … Continue reading

Creativity Killers 4: Lack of Choice

Creativity Killers 4: Lack of Choice

Today I’d like to (for now) wrap up my comments on the so-called “Creativity Killers,” common classroom routines that stifle both students’ motivation and their creativity. Today we consider choice—or the lack thereof—and its impact in the classroom. Collins and Amabile (1999) put it bluntly, “The best way to help people maximize their creative potential … Continue reading

Creativity Killers 2: What Do We Do About Rewards?

Creativity Killers 2: What Do We Do About Rewards?

Last Thursday I introduced the variables designated as “creativity killers” because they have been found to inhibit intrinsic motivation: evaluation, surveillance, reward, competition, and lack of choice. I know, the list is depressing. Procedures that are so familiar and common in classroom life can, vampire-like, suck the creative lifeblood from our classrooms. To add to … Continue reading