Unit 2 Student Motivation "Where?"

Where does learning begin? Where does it go once it gets started? Where does it take us? Is it really something we understand?

Unit Outcomes

Participants will

  • gain insight into student perspectives through guided visualization of their own "best" and "worst" experiences as students
  • explore motivational approaches that utilize Rewards, Fear and Coercion and their implications for learners and learning
  • consider recent research into motivation and learning
  • process ancient and contemporary philosophies that place self-determination at the center of learning and self-actualization ahead of utilitarian outcomes

The Best Teacher

  William Glasser theorized that an individual’s “total behavior” was made up of four elements: feelings/emotions, physiological responses, thoughts/statements, and actions. While thoughts/statements and actions tend to be more voluntary, feelings/emotions and physiological responses are mostly involuntary. In this set of activities, we’ll use these four lenses and a “guided visualization” process to recall some of your own experiences as a student. In the guided visualizations, you’ll be prompted to recall your own voluntary and involuntary responses to two experiences of your own selection: an experience with your “worst teacher” and an experience with your “best teacher.” After each of the guided visualizations, take a few moments to record your notes in the corresponding “Total Behavior” survey. Once both are completed, spend some reflective time composing a form poem (at the bottom of this page– AND…it doesn’t need to rhyme) titled “The Best Teacher” that communicates in some way, what you’ve learned from your experiences as a student about what makes a good teacher. Give yourself plenty of time and space to accomplish this set of activities. It would be best to download the guided visualization mp3s (“right click” and “save as”) and place them on an ipod or mp3 player. Find a comfortable place. Have a journal or notebook handy. Each visualization will take just a bit over 10 minutes to experience. You can record your immediate reflections in your journal or notebook or however you’d like, and then transfer what you’d like into the appropriate survey on each guided visualization page. You may want to experience the guided visualizations more than once to be able to relax into these memories and recall more details. I’ve also included an “Unguided Visualization” that has no guiding narration at all. You may use this in a self-directed way to choose beforehand the experience you’ll visit, and then use the sounds and music as a background.

 

William Glasser theorized that an individual’s “total behavior” was made up of four elements: feelings/emotions, physiological responses, thoughts/statements, and actions. While thoughts/statements and actions tend to be more voluntary, feelings/emotions and physiological responses are mostly involuntary. In this set of activities, we’ll use these four lenses and a “guided visualization” process to recall some of your own experiences as a student. In the guided visualizations, you’ll be prompted to recall your own voluntary and involuntary responses to two experiences of your own selection: an experience with your “worst teacher” and an experience with your “best teacher.”

After each of the guided visualizations, take a few moments to record your notes in the corresponding “Total Behavior” survey. Once both are completed, spend some reflective time composing a form poem (at the bottom of this page– AND…it doesn’t need to rhyme) titled “The Best Teacher” that communicates in some way, what you’ve learned from your experiences as a student about what makes a good teacher.

Give yourself plenty of time and space to accomplish this set of activities. It would be best to download the guided visualization mp3s (“right click” and “save as”) and place them on an ipod or mp3 player. Find a comfortable place. Have a journal or notebook handy. Each visualization will take just a bit over 10 minutes to experience. You can record your immediate reflections in your journal or notebook or however you’d like, and then transfer what you’d like into the appropriate survey on each guided visualization page.

You may want to experience the guided visualizations more than once to be able to relax into these memories and recall more details. I’ve also included an “Unguided Visualization” that has no guiding narration at all. You may use this in a self-directed way to choose beforehand the experience you’ll visit, and then use the sounds and music as a background.

Want to know more about Glasser and Total Behavior theory? Click HERE

Listen / Activity / Assignment 1:

Click Here to Go to First Guided Visualization Page

Listen / Activity / Assignment 2: 

Click Here to Go to Second Guided Visualization Page

AFTER you have completed BOTH of the guided visualization activities, then go on to complete the Best Teacher poem activity below.

Activity / Assignment 3:

Best Teacher poem activity


Teaching From Within (the film)

View:

Watch the full film below (it will take just over an hour–you may want to maximize the viewer and use headphones), then complete the two “Framing Poem” activities below. If your internet connection is slow and the video is having trouble loading, try hitting pause on the player and letting the video load up for several minutes before trying to view it.

Click HERE to view the full film

 

The film, Teaching From Within, is framed by two poems; it begins with Lao Tzu’s The Best Teacher, and ends with Camas Lilies by Lynn Ungar.