According to the lunar calendar, which is becoming closer and dearer to me every day because it is incredibly accurate, spring this year is coming on February 1st. We are entering the year of the Tiger and the whole of China is already in anticipation. As my city has been in strict lockdown for weeks, our students are still on campus and can’t go to their families. Not being at home with loved ones for Chinese New Year is a disaster for the Chinese.
To somehow cut short the students’ time, we started the spring semester, online. I’m not exactly a big fan of online teaching, but I’ve prepared well and I’m really doing my best to get them interested in the material we have. However, no matter how hard you try and motivate them, there is almost no feedback. I ask the simplest question and ask them to answer, and on the other side, silence, no one does anything, does not react. And there are almost 30 of them in the “class”.
I beg I try to cheer them up, I act, occasionally I interrupt the lecture and make a joke at my own expense, I almost stand on my lashes, I do everything to motivate them.
Honestly, I am not a proponent of motivating students, they are adults and I think the role of teachers is to guide them through the process of growing up, but not to directly motivate them.
Because, in fact, I do not believe in external motivation.
I believe in external motivation only when a person starts up motivated by internal motivation, so external motivation is just an extra wind in the back on the way to the result.
I am writing this text to make you aware that external motivation is not enough. It is mechanical, it is not organic and it can never give the results that are achieved when there is intrinsic motivation.
It’s not enough. As Adizes would say, sorry, not good enough!
Task: Recall your results when you had strong internal motivation and compare them with the results when internal motivation was weak and external motivation played a major role in the process. Write it down and – start practicing self-motivation.
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