Browsing All Posts filed under »Motivation«

What is Inspiration?

June 24, 2013


I’ve been thinking a lot about emotions recently. I’ve always thought that being inspired was such a great feeling, but wrestled with what it was exactly. I know what it feels like, but I struggled to break it down and really understand it.   What are the conditions that lead to inspiration? (this is version […]

Time-Based Motivation

June 20, 2012


I was just playing around with Motion Math, working on a review for The Puzzle School and I came across one of their games where if you don’t answer fast enough then a pin pops your bubble and you have to start over. I’ve never been a big fan of this type of motivation. It’s […]

Trial and Error = Flow

June 17, 2012


At The Puzzle School we’re essentially trying to teach through trial and error. Which means we aim to create environments (puzzles) where you can solve challenges through trial and error. This means that the environment is simplified, making it easier to come up with hypothesis to “try” and where there is feedback that makes it […]

We Need To Pay More Attention To Flow

May 26, 2012


There is a state of mind called “Flow” which many people believe to be an optimal psychological state for learning and creativity: From Wikipedia: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of […]

Not Personalization, Autonomy

May 21, 2012


I really wish people would stop talking about the personalization revolution in education, where technology will allow us to deliver a personalized learning plan for every student. If you want true personalization you don’t need technology, you need autonomy. The only truly personalized learning is one where the student decides what he or she is […]

Location, Location, Location

May 12, 2012


There is a famous quote about selling property, “There are three things that matter, Location, Location, and Location”. With the consumer Internet, where I’ve spent most of my professional career, that quote becomes, “There are three things that matter, Distribution, Distribution, and Distribution”. If you can create a consumer product that spreads easily (goes viral) […]

Research Around Choice, Autonomy, and Motivation

May 11, 2012


Just read the following article describing a study demonstrating the importance of choice and autonomy in motivation: What’s the best way to encourage kids In one of the experiments, Ibrahim Senay, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and two co-authors asked a group of subjects to prepare for an anagram-solving task by […]