How often do we allow students to pursue their passions? How often do we let students’ curiosity drive their learning? I know I have often been guilty of deciding what my students study and how they study the topics in our curriculum.
That has started to change after I read Dan Pink’s Drive.
In his book and Ted Talk
Dan Pink argues that in our 21st century, motivation needs to go beyond our industrial paradigm. People are motivated by:
- Autonomy: People should be able to choose how they accomplish a goal.
- Mastery: People should have the opportunity to improve at something meaningful to them (e.g. practicing an instrument)
- Purpose: People should see their work as part of a larger, meaningful goal.