What's Happening in Character?

Dara Feldman

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Intrinsic Motivation—It's an Inside Job

Posted by Dara Feldman on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

Think about something that you love to do! Perhaps it is reading a good book, playing a video game, being in nature, spending time with your family, or eating a decadent chocolate treat. Does anyone need to give you a sticker, pay you some money, or give you an award for doing what you love to do? Of course not! That’s because you are “intrinsically motivated” to do so.  

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From Classroom Rules to Class Promises

Posted by Dara Feldman on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

My last year as a classroom teacher, I finally got it! Making a list of rules, even if they were written in a positive way, was not the way to start the year off right.

At the kindergarten parent meeting, which was held the day before school started, I read the book Inch and Miles to the parents and guardians of my incoming kindergarteners. Inch and Miles is Coach John Wooden’s "Success Pyramid for Kids." I then asked the adults to describe what success in kindergarten would like for their child. Instead of talking about learning to read or to do math, they said things such as, their child would be excited to come to school (Enthusiasm), they would do their best work (Excellence) and they would play well with others (Cooperation).

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Topics: student voice, school climate, core values, teachable moments