Teachers are amazing people who are fabulous at taking care of others but utter flunks at taking care of themselves.
When I was a teenager, I had a poster on the wall of my room by Robert Fulghum titled "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten." It told me to play fair, take a nap every afternoon, and hold hands when I go out in the world. During sleepless nights, I would... Continue Reading →
Raising a toddler is a daily experience of motivating a tiny person into doing what you want them to do. You can motivate your toddler through extrinsic motivation by offering prods, promises, or threats for accomplishing and performing certain tasks that you, as a parent, want them to do. Toddlers, though, are quite self-determined and... Continue Reading →
While staying at home with my infant son and toddler daughter, I have had many opportunities to see motivational theories in action in non-school settings. Specifically, I have noticed beliefs about abilities in the characters of the three Kung Fu Panda movies, which my daughter requests almost daily. In each of the three movies, the... Continue Reading →